Posted: October 19, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. MDT|Update: 57 minutes ago
ROANOKE, Virginia, October 19, 2021 / PRNewswire / – Local law enforcement agencies, the Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Coalition (RAYSAC), the Roanoke County, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Western Virginia Water Authority are teaming up again to collect expired, unused, and unwanted drugs for safe destruction on site. saturday 23 october of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at convenient parking spots across the valley. Vaping devices and cartridges will also be collected at any drop-off point as long as the lithium-ion batteries are removed. Veterinary drugs are also collected. No sharp object or syringe will be accepted.
The public is encouraged to bring unused or unwanted drugs to this free, anonymous event which is part of the National Prescription Drug “Take Back” program that aims to prevent the abuse, theft and environmental problems of prescription drugs. Since the start of these recovery events in 2010, over 39,000 pounds of prescription drugs have been donated by the citizens of Roanoke Valley for proper disposal. The event is rain or shine. Contact Sarah Baumgardner for pre-interview or at the Towers Mall CVS pick-up location on the day of the event.
Medication collection points will be set up saturday 23 october of 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. in the valley car parks:
- Town of Roanoke: CVS towers shopping center; Solution Center -2328 Melrose Ave; and 9th Street CVS
- Botetourt County: PÃ©nÃ©lope in Daleville (52 Kingston Drive); Soloman Mission- Buchanan
- Salem: Great shoes (main street); VA Medical Center West Gate / Main Bldg; Virginia State Police Headquarters
- Roanoke County: Kroger in Tanglewood; Kroger at Valley Gateway Blvd .; Clearbrook Walmart; Lewis Gale Cave Spring ER – 2706 Odgen Road; Walgreens at Electric Road and Brambleton; Walmart Neighborhood Market at Plantation Road
- Vinton: Kroger on Hardy Road
- Franklin County: Sheriff of Westlake Office; Rocky Mount Police Department
See www.dea.gov for a complete list of all other sites in the region
This initiative addresses vital issues of public safety and public health. Medicines that languish in the cupboards of the house are very susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Prescription drug abuse rates in the United States and the Valley are increasing at an alarming rate, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses from these drugs. Studies show that 90% of prescription drugs that are abused are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet. In fact, the majority of drugs commonly used by adolescents are prescription drugs.
In addition, throwing drugs into the sewer can lead to the appearance of traces of pharmaceuticals in the waterways of our country. This initiative provides a safe and convenient disposal option for valley residents. All drugs collected during these events are burned in state medical incinerators. By working together to provide a free and safe place to dispose of unwanted drugs, the DEA, law enforcement agencies, RAYSAC, the Prevention Council and the Western Virginia Water Authority are helping to prevent drug abuse, to protect the waterways of our valley and to make our communities safer.
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SOURCE Western Virginia Water Authority
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