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Prescription Drug Take Back Locations Announced


Several organizations are gearing up for a prescription drug take back event, allowing people  to drop off their unused prescription drug medications.

The Virginia State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its sixth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

The Virginia State Police are hosting sites at Division Headquarters across the state.

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Prescription drugs can also be dropped off at the Milford Police Department from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 27 at the Milford Police Department, located at 400 Northeast Front Street.

The Dover Police Department, located at 400 S. Queen St. in Dover, is another location people may drop off their medications to be properly disposed of. Additional drop off locations are the Camden Police Department in Camden, Delaware State University Police Department and any assisted living facility within Dover.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last September, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at more than 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners.  In its five previous Take Back events, the DEA and its partners took in over two million pounds of pills. 

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that sit in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. 

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines - flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash - both pose potential safety and health hazards.



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