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Events aim to prevent prescription drug abuse and theft

Published On: Apr 17 2013 09:50:50 PM CDT

On Saturday, April 27, citizens can help prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications.

Please bring these medications to any of the National Drug Take-Back events at the Virginia sites listed below. This service is free and anonymous; no questions asked.

This location will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.:
Woody’s Pharmacy, 576 E. Main St., Independence.

These locations will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:
Michael’s Pharmacy, 101 Charwood Dr., Abingdon
Food City, 736 N. Beaver Dam Ave., Damascus
Galax Police Department, Main St., Galax
Food City, East Main St., Marion
Meadowview Clinic, Town Square, Meadowview 

According to the Virginia Department of Health, last September, southwest Virginians safely disposed of more than 1,300 pounds of unwanted or expired medications at National Drug Take-Back events.

Nationally, citizens turned in 488,395 pounds (244 tons) of prescription drugs at more than 5,263 sites operated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and nearly 4,300 state and local law enforcement partners. 

Medicines in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs come from family members and friends, and often from the home medicine cabinet.

The formerly common practice of flushing unused medicines down the toilet or throwing them in the trash poses potential safety and health hazards.

Locally, National Drug Take-Back events are produced by the Virginia Department of Health, Southwest Virginia Medical Reserve Corps, DEA, K-VA-T Foods, private pharmacies, Smyth and Washington counties and the Damascus, Galax and Independence police departments.