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Medicine Abuse

Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout

Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem throughout the nation. And more often than not, the problem starts right in our own homes. Over 70% of those who abuse prescription drugs obtain them from a friend or relative, typically without their knowledge.

Operation Medicine Clean Out

Drop-Off Sites

  • Franconia District Station
    6121 Franconia Road Alexandria, VA 22310
  • Mason District Station
    6507 Columbia Pike Annandale, VA 22003
  • Sully District Station
    4900 Stonecroft Boulevard Chantilly, VA 20151
  • West Springfield District Station
    6140 Rolling Road Springfield, VA 22152
  • Mount Vernon District Station
    2511 Parkers Lane Alexandria, VA 22306
  • Reston District Station
    12000 Bowman Towne Drive Reston, VA 20190
Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout; Remove Pills, Prevent Problems

In the 2012 Fairfax County Youth Survey, more than one in 10 Fairfax County students reported using a painkiller (ex. vicodin, oxycontin) without a prescription. You can help to prevent this problem by participating in the 2013 Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout. View April 15 Press Release.

OPERATION MEDICINE CABINET CLEANOUT May 27-June 1: Help prevent prescription drug abuse by properly disposing of your unused or expired medications. Doing this also prevents  accidental poisoning by others, and protects the environment. Click here to find out locations where you can take part in Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout.

Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout is sponsored by the Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County (UPC) and Fairfax County partners.

When Can I Drop Off Medications?

Bring unused or expired medications (just pills or liquids – no pressurized canisters or needles) to one of six local Fairfax County district police stations listed below for disposal anytime from May 27-June 1, 2013.

Disposal is free, convenient, confidential and safe. Keep the pills in their original containers, but cross out personal information such as name and address.

Caitlin Acosta, 24, in recovery for drug addiction, joined the Unified Prevention Coalition of Fairfax County (UPC) May 14 in urging county residents to dispose of unused or expired prescription medications at the upcoming Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout May 27-June 1.

Acosta of Falls Church said her own problems began at age 12 when she took a bottle of pills from her family medicine cabinet to middle school. Read full May 14 press release.

Prescription Drug Abuse in Fairfax County
Take Part in Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout

George with Diane Eckert Panel

UPC Board of Directors Vice President George Young (at podium) spoke about prescription drug abuse at a media event that also included (left to right) UPC Executive Director Diane Eckert, UPC Health Coordinator Amy Reif, Caitlin Acosta, and FCPD Sgt. James Cox.

Caitlin with Diane Eckert

Caitlin Acosta, 24, (at podium) in recovery for prescription drug abuse, spoke to reporters May 14 about the dangers of prescription drugs. UPC Executive Director Diane Eckert (2nd from left) and UPC Health Coordinator Amy Reif (on right) encouraged community residents to dispose of unneeded or expired prescriptions at the upcoming Operation Medicine Cabinet Cleanout.

UPC Executive Director  Diane Eckert, Caitlin Ross and WUSA9 reporter Peggy Fox
L to R: UPC Executive Director Diane Eckert, Caitlin Ross and WUSA9 reporter Peggy Fox
UPC Health Sector Coordinator Amy Reif talks about the problem of prescription drugs.

UPC Health Sector Coordinator Amy Reif talks about the problem of prescription drugs.