LIST: Where to get rid of your prescription meds safely

WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- Police in multiple jurisdictions in our area are participating in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. This effort means you can safely get rid of those prescription drugs in your home that you no longer need.

Prescription and over-the-counter-solid dosage medications such as tablets and capsules will be accepted. Liquids, aerosol based medication or needles/injectable pens are NOT accepted. The collection is free.

Here's a list of some of the efforts:

District of Columbia:

The Metropolitan Police Department will accept prescription medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the following locations:

  • First District Station -101 M Street SW
  • First District Sub Station - 500 E Street SE
  • Second District Station -3320 Idaho Avenue NW
  • Third District Station - 1620 V Street NW
  • Fourth District Station - 6001 Georgia Avenue NW
  • Fourth District Sub Station - 750 Park Road NW
  • Fifth District Station - 1805 Bladensburg Road NE
  • Sixth District Station - 100 42nd Street NE
  • Seventh District Station - 2455 Alabama Avenue SE
  • Wisconsin Baptist Church - 3920 Alton Place NW

Alexandria, Va.:

The Alexandria Police Department and the Alexandria Sheriff's Office will collect drugs on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at three drop location sites:

Police Headquarters, located at 3600 Wheeler Avenuethe parking lot of the Del Ray Pharmacy, located at 2204 Mount Vernon AvenueFirst Baptist Church, located at 2932 King Street.

Fairfax County, Va:

Police have several locations where you can dispose of your medications on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. See the list here:

City of Fairfax, Va:

The City of Fairfax Police Station is accepting medications from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. on April 26. Drop off in the lobby, 3730 Old Lee Highway.

Loudoun County, Va.:

The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, Town of Leesburg Police Department, Town of Purcellville Police Department, and the Town of Middleburg Police Department will have five collection sites open on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sites include:

  • the Eastern Loudoun Sheriff's Station located at 46620 East Frederick Drive in Sterling
  • the Dulles South Public Safety Center located at 25216 Loudoun County Parkway in South Riding
  • the Lansdowne Public Safety Center located at 19845 Sandridge Way in Lansdowne
  • the Leesburg Police Department located at 65 Plaza Street in Leesburg
  • the Purcellville Police Department collection site will be located at Bush Tabernacle, 250 South Nursery Avenue in Purcellville
  • and the Middleburg Police Department collection site will be at the Middleburg Community Center, located at 300 West Washington Street in Middleburg.

Prince William County, Va.:

You can drop off your unwanted/unused prescription drugs at three locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. Locations include Novant Health Prince William Medical Center, Heathcoate Health Center and Sentara Lake Ridge.

Laurel, Md.:

The Laurel Police Department will participate in Prescription Drug Take-Back on Saturday from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at 811 5th Street in Laurel.

If you can't attend the event on April 26, the Laurel Police Department has a MedReturn Drug Collection Unit in the lobby at 811 5th Street. You can drop off unwanted or expired medications to this MedReturn box 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.

Prince George's County, Md.:

Prince George's County Police will have three collection locations on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They include:

  • District I Station at 5000 Rhode Island Avenue in Hyattsville
  • District III Station at 7600 Barlowe Road in Palmer Park
  • District IV Station at 5135 Indian Head Highway in Oxon Hill

Annapolis, Md:

The Annapolis Police Department will be accept prescription and non-prescription medications to be destroyed on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in the lobby of the Annapolis Police Department at 199 Taylor Avenue.

Takoma Park, Md.:

The Takoma Park Police Department will participate in efforts on Saturday from 10:00 a.m to 2:00 p.m. Bring your prescriptions to the Takoma Park Police Department at 7500 Maple Avenue. Collection boxes will be set up in the first floor police lobby. Prescription, over-the-counter and pet medications will be accepted.

Rockville, Md.:

The Rockville City Police Department will accept yourunwanted prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Rockville City Police Station Lobby at 2 West Montgomery Ave.

The department will participate in a second Take-Back Day in October.

Anne Arundel County:

You can turn in your drugs to four different locations between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. They include police district stations at:

  • 939 Hammonds Lane, Baltimore, Md.
  • 35 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater, Md.
  • 3700 Mountain Road, Pasadena, Md.
  • 8273 Telegraph Road, Odenton, Md.

Don't see your city, town or county on the list above? Search for a collection site where you live via the DEA website:

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration launched the Take-Back initiative to prevent pill abuse and theft. DEA officials say most abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, often from a home medicine cabinet.

According to the DEA, the take-back programs are the best way to dispose of old drugs but if a program is not available then you can take the medications out of their bottles, mix them with something unappealing like coffee grounds or used cat litter and then seal them in a bag or disposable container before throwing the drugs away. You should never flush your medications down the toilet or or simply throw them away.

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