September 24-29 Is Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout Week

Here’s a chance to get rid of your unused or expired medications safely and – at the same time — prevent accidental poisoning or abuse by others and protect the environment. Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout is sponsored by the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board in partnership with many Fairfax County government departments and coalitions, and local businesses. Bring unused or expired medications (just pills or liquids — no pressurized canisters or needles) to your local Fairfax County district police station for disposal anytime from Monday, September 24 to Saturday, September 29. Disposal is free, convenient, confidential and safe. More information about proper disposal of medications year-round is available on the Health Department’s “Don’t Flush”  page. Drop-off sites 

  • Fair Oaks District Station, 12300 Lee Jackson Memorial Highway, Fairfax, VA 22033
  • Franconia District Station, 6121 Franconia Road, Alexandria, VA 22310
  • Mason District Station, 6507 Columbia Pike, Annandale, VA 22003
  • McLean District Station, 1437 Balls Hill Road, McLean, VA 22101
  • Mount Vernon District Station, 2511 Parkers Lane, Alexandria, VA 22306
  • Reston District Station, 12000 Bowman Towne Drive, Reston, VA 20190
  • Sully District Station, 4900 Stonecroft Boulevard, Chantilly, VA 20151
  • West Springfield District Station, 6140 Rolling Road, Springfield, VA 22152

Keeping medications safe Clearing out unused or expired medications prevents accidental poisoning, drug abuse and environmental pollution. In a 2010 survey, approximately 1 in 12 Fairfax County high school students said they had abused prescription drugs and/or over-the-counter medications in the previous month. Nationally, prescription drug abuse is a growing problem with all ages. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell issued a proclamation recognizing April as Prescription Medicine Take Back Month. This local effort launched by the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Services Board supports the statewide goal to encourage the safe use and handling of prescribed medications. Year-round disposal  To learn how to safely dispose of your expired and unused medications from home year-round, visit the Health Department’s medicine disposal Web page. Also keep these safety tips in mind:

  • Read the material provided with all prescribed medications to know how to use them safely.
  • Ask your doctor or pharmacist about any possible risks, especially for abuse.
  • Talk to your children. Let them know to never take medications without your knowledge.
  • Keep track of and secure your medications.

Learn more about how to dispose of your medications safely.