Washington, DC – District of Columbia residents will have the option to safely dispose of household medications at drug take-back sites throughout the city. The upcoming “Take-Back” initiative, being held on Saturday, October 29, is an effort to safely collect unused and expired medications and prevent improper drug disposal and distribution.
The DC Department of Health (DOH), Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and the District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority (DC Water) are encouraging District residents to participate in this nation-wide effort. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), in conjunction with state and local governments, law enforcements, community, and public health organizations will host the drug “Take-Back” initiative for the District of Columbia, Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland areas. Last year the nation-wide event helped collect and properly dispose of more than 309 tons of pills.
“Our partnership with the DEA on this important initiative helps to slow the use of legal medications that are used in an illegal way. It also provides a safe turn in area that will collect the unused or unwanted medications, which will then be disposed of in a proper manner thereby protecting our environment,” said Chief of Police Cathy L. Lanier.
Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, which can lead to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse. According to the DEA, “each day, approximately 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.”
The drug “Take-Back” initiative will help educate the public of proper medication disposal methods, as well as offer local take-back collection centers for people wanting to get rid of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted medicines. Collection centers will be facilitated by the Washington area DEA, who will work with state and local police departments throughout the region to help collect and destroy medications.
“It is important for residents to make use of this opportunity on Saturday to turn in unwanted or expired drugs because old medications have the potential to endanger the lives of our residents and cause harm to our environment,” said DOH Director, Dr. Mohammad Akhter. “By following safe and appropriate medication disposal methods, we can better protect the overall health and safety of our residents and our communities.”
DC Water encourages residents to properly dispose of drugs and prevent harmful impacts to our environment and local waterways. “Take-back programs can reduce the amount of drugs that are flushed down household drains and toilets and enter our water system,” said DC Water General Manager George S. Hawkins. “Everyone plays a role in protecting our environment and this initiative is a simple and safe method for residents to dispose of unused and expired medications.”
The DEA will offer several collection sites this Saturday, October 29th from 10 am to 2 pm. The service is free and anonymous. Below is a list of collection sites in the District of Columbia.
| Collection Site
| First Police District
|| 301 M Street, SW|
| First District Substation
|| 500 E Street, SE|
| Second Police District
|| 3320 Idaho Avenue, NW |
| Third Police District
|| 1620 V Street, NW|
| Third District Substation
|| 750 Park Road, NW|
| Fourth Police District
|| 6001 Georgia Avenue, NW|
| Fifth Police District
|| 1805 Bladensburg Road, NE|
| Sixth Police District
|| 100 42nd Street, NE|
| Seventh Police District
|| 2455 Alabama Avenue, SE
| US Capitol Police Headquarters
Collection Box located just outside D Street Door
| 119 D Street, NE|
| University of the District of Columbia
|| 4200 Connecticut Avenue, NW|
Building 39/Room C-04
| Wisconsin Avenue Baptist Church
|| 3920 Alton Place, NW|
| Bolling AFB Exchange
|| 195 Chappie James Blvd|
For more information on collection sites in surroundings areas, visit www.dea.gov.