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Natatia Bledsoe is the public information officer for the Fredericksburg Police Department.

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National Drug Take Back Initiative April 30

On Saturday, April 30 the Fredericksburg Police Department and the Fredericksburg Fire Department will assist the federal Drug Enforcement Administration with its National Take Back Initiative by providing safe and convenient drop-off sites for the proper disposal of prescription and non-prescription medications.  From 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, local residents may bring their unused and/or outdated medications to these locations:

  • Police Headquarters, 2200 Cowan Blvd
  • Fire Station 1, 601 Princess Anne St
  • Bragg Hill Family Life Center, 400 Bragg Hill Dr.
  • Tomkins-Martin Medical Plaza (9am-noon only)

Members of the Police and Fire Departments and staff from Mary Washington Health Care will be available at the drop-off locations to ensure the appropriate disposal of drugs and medications. The proper disposal of unused medication is important!  Medications that are flushed down the toilet or sent to local landfills can contaminate the environment, and a large percentage of juveniles who abuse prescription and non-prescription medications gain access to the drugs in their own homes or the homes of their friends.  

 This disposal service is free and anonymous.  There will be no questions asked of any participants in this voluntary program.


  • Bill Edens

    When you say local are Orange County residents considered local? Can these medications be in the bottle they came in and should any identifying marks as to who they were prescribed for be left on the bottle?

  • Natatia Bledsoe

    Hi Bill,
    Orange County residents are welcome to take advantage of this service. The medications can be surrendered in the original bottles or in any container that is practical. There is no need to remove the identifying information from the bottle unless you are more comfortable doing so. The medications and the containers will be destroyed.