City Collects 240 Pounds of Medications and Celebrates New Permanent Drop Box

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City Collects 240 Pounds of Medications and Celebrates New Permanent Drop Box

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony January 25 2020On January 25, 240 pounds of unused and expired medications were collected at four locations on Drug Take Back Day. 

During the quarterly events, residents can drop off unused, unwanted and expired medications, including pet medications, at the Alexandria Police Department (APD) Headquarters, Fire Station 210, First Baptist Church and the Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray. Each site is staffed by representatives from APD and Alexandria Sheriff’s Office as well as volunteers from the Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Alexandria and the Alexandria Health Department Medical Reserve Corp program

During this month’s event, a ribbon-cutting was held for the City’s newest permanent medication drop box, located just inside the entrance of the APD Headquarters. The new drop box is the first in the city available to residents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Two additional drop boxes are located at the following locations:

  • The Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray (2204 Mt. Vernon Ave.), available Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m.-1 p.m.

  • Inova Alexandria Hospital (4320 Seminary Road, inside the visitor’s entrance and next to the cashier’s window), available daily 5 a.m.-9 p.m.

All three permanent drop boxes are available for medications year round.

In 2019, a total of 1,671 pounds of medications was collected during take back day events hosted by the City of Alexandria and through the permanent medication drop boxes. 

The next Drug Take Back Day is April 25.

For more information or to volunteer for Drug Take Back Day events, email

Picture: During the January 25 Drug Take Back Day, a ribbon-cutting was held at the Alexandria Police Department Headquarters for the City’s newest permanent medication drop box. This is the first permanent drop box in the City that is accessible to residents 24/7. Left to right: Captain Gregg Ladislaw (APD), Youth Development Team Leader Noraine Buttar (DCHS), Captain Monica Lisle (APD), Opioid Response Coordinator Emily Bentley (DCHS), SAPCA Chair Allen Lomax, Sergeant Valarie Wright (Alexandria Sheriff’s Office), Assistant Police Chief Don Hayes (APD) and Chief Michael Brown (APD).