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National Take Back Initiative

On Saturday, October 22nd, 2016, DEA will coordinate a collaborative effort with state and local law enforcement agencies focused on removing potentially dangerous controlled substances from our nation’s medicine cabinets. This national take-back day will provide a unified opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted, or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction. This one-day effort will bring national focus to the issue of pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse. The program provides an opportunity for law enforcement, prevention, treatment, and the business community to collaborate and establish a safe collection site for all Americans, regardless of where they reside.

The collection site for the City of Vienna will be at the Vienna Volunteer Fire Department located at 609 28th Street between the times of 10:00am and 2:00pm.

Collection Day Protocols:

• On Saturday, October 22nd, 2016 from 10:00am to 2:00pm, state and local law enforcement agencies will host one or more collection sites at locations of their choosing.

• Controlled, non-controlled, and over the counter substances may be collected.

• This program is anonymous and all efforts will be made to protect the anonymity of individuals disposing of medications. No questions or requests for identification will be made.

• Participants may dispose of medication in its original container or by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into the disposal box. If an original container is submitted, the individual should be encouraged to remove any identifying information from the prescription label.

• No effort will be made by law enforcement personnel to count, inventory, or log medications.

• All solid dosage pharmaceutical product and liquids in consumer containers may be accepted. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in their original container. The depositor should ensure that the cap is tightly sealed to prevent leakage.

• “SHARPS” will not be accepted due to potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens, these include: Intra-venous solutions, injectibles, syringes, needles and scalpels.

• Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative and should not be placed in collection containers. If an individual attempts to surrender an illicit controlled substance, law enforcement personnel will handle such material as abandoned property.