The City of Alexandria, VA holds a “Take Back Day,” a public awareness and community outreach event, stemming from a national DEA program that encourages the safe disposal of unwanted or expired medication to reduce risk of misuse twice a year. Alexandria is the only community to hold four take back days a year. S.A.F.E Project co-founders and community leaders will dispose of their own medications, make brief remarks and interact with local residents. Drug safety education materials will be distributed, and pharmacy personnel will be available for drug safety questions from the community.
“As a family who lives in Northern Virginia, we have a vested interest in the safety of the Alexandria community. As parents who lost our youngest son to the opioid epidemic, we are doing everything we can to share what we’ve learned in the hope our friends and neighbors won’t know pain like ours. As co-founders of a national non-profit with a mission of reversing the addiction epidemic, we are committed to partnering on practical solutions that can reduce stigma and risk for American families and build S.A.F.E. Communities. We thank the City of Alexandria for highlighting an effort that removes unwanted medications from home medicine cabinets, and we are grateful to the Neighborhood Pharmacy of Del Ray for being the city’s only permanent ‘Take Back Day’ receptacle location.” – S.A.F.E. Project Co-Founders, Admiral Sandy and Mary Winnefeld.
To find a Take Back Day location near you, visit TakeBackDay.dea.gov