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Drug disposal

If you have leftover medicines lying around your house, you can get rid of them Saturday morning during Virginia’s second annual Drug Take-Back Day. You can drop off unwanted drugs and Sharps — those red boxes containing used needles– at several area locations, no questions asked.

The effort, called Operation Medicine Cabinet, is intended to keep medicines out of the hands of children and those who might abuse them. It’s also intended to keep people from contaminating the environment by flushing them. Proper drug disposal also can spare pets from accidentally ingesting them.

From 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Mary Washington Healthcare is providing these locations for dropping off your unneeded drugs and Sharps containers, says a press release from the health care group:

  • Mary Washington Hospital campus (Tompkins-Martin building), 1101 Sam Perry Blvd.
  • Stafford Hospital, 101 Hospital Center Blvd.
  • Emergency & Outpatient Center at Lee’s Hill, 10401 Spotsylvania Avenue, Suite 103

You can also drop your medicines off Saturday at:

  • Fredericksburg Police Department, 601 Princess Anne Street, Fredericksburg
  • Bragg Hill Family Life Center, 400 Bragg Hill Drive, Fredericksburg
  • Fredericksburg Police Department, 2200 Cowan Blvd., Fredericksburg

Along with local law enforcement agencies and the health care community, others involved in coordinating and supervising the effort include Partners in Aging and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

To learn more, and to search for other disposal sites, visit