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Date: 10/22/2013
Time: 11 a.m.

Properly dispose of prescription, over-the-counter drugs during Drug Take-Back initiative

The Arlington Police Department is participating this weekend in the National Drug Take-Back initiative, a regular Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)-sponsored event. Arlington residents are encouraged to properly dispose of unused and unwanted prescription drugs that have collected in their homes. On Saturday, October 26, 2013, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., people have the opportunity to drop off prescription drugs at three Arlington police district service centers and two Walgreen’s pharmacy locations.

Expired and unused medications – both prescription and over-the-counter – require proper disposal. If left in homes, they could end up in the wrong hands, resulting in improper use or abuse. Throwing them away with regular trash or flushing them down the toilet creates additional health and environmental hazards. As a result, the DEA organizes National Drug Take-Back events twice a year. The Arlington Police Department and Arlington Water Utilities have partnered to ensure that drop-off locations are available for residents Saturday.

All controlled, non-controlled and over-the-counter medications are accepted in the Drug Take-Back initiative. That includes all liquid and solid pharmaceutical products. However, we cannot accept intravenous solutions, injectables or syringes. Illicit substances, such as marijuana and methamphetamine, are also not acceptable.

Arlington collection sites:
North Police District
620 W.  Division Street
817 459-5600

Walgreen’s Pharmacy
4400 W. Green Oaks Boulevard
817 563-0142

East Police District
2001 New York Avenue
817 459-5803

Walgreen’s Pharmacy
2410 Ballpark Way

South Police District
1030 S.W. Green Oaks Boulevard
817 459-6640

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