Got drugs? ‘Drug Take Back Day’ is this week in Alexandria

An Alexandria Drug Take Back Day event sponsored by the Alexandria Police Department and Sheriff’s Office (image via DCHS/Facebook)

Got any spare drugs? In an effort to curb misuse, Alexandria is asking residents to drop off expired prescription medication on Saturday (April 27).

It’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. residents can drop off their unneeded prescription drugs (including pet medication) at:

  • Alexandria Police Department Headquarters (3600 Wheeler Ave.)
  • Fire Station 210 (5255 Eisenhower Ave.)
  • The Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray (2204 Mt. Vernon Ave.)
  • Walgreens Pharmacy (3614 King St.)

Expired and unused medication is “highly susceptible to misuse, especially opioid prescriptions,” the city said in a release. Additionally, many drugs are environmentally hazardous and can contaminate waterways if flushed.

Last year’s Drug Take Back Day took in 2,647 pounds of unused medication in Alexandria — a 40% increase over 2022.

The drop-offs will be staffed by the Alexandria Police Department and Sheriff’s Office.

Needles are not accepted at the event, and can be dropped off at other permanent medication locations, according to the city.

If you can’t make it to the drop-off event, the city recommends the following:

  • Remove medication from its original container. Do not crush
  • Mix medication with an inedible substance, such as kitty litter or coffee grounds
  • Place mixture in a sealable bag or container and throw away in the trash
  • Black out all personal information on the prescription label so it is unreadable

Photo via DCHS/Facebook