Discard Old Prescriptions This Saturday

When is the last time you cleaned out your medicine cabinet and threw out all the old prescription drugs you have lying around? Leaving medicines around can make them vulnerable to abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse are high, and studies show that the majority of drug abusers obtain drugs from family members and friends – including their medicine cabinets.

The old solution used to be throwing them out or flushing them down the drain, but now Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines can pose potential safety and health hazards.

To help address this safety and health issue, the Virginia Beach Police Department in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Virginia State Police will be conducting a prescription drug drop off event on Saturday, April 28th, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., at the following locations:

  • Second Precinct, 820 Virginia Beach Blvd., (oceanfront) 757-385-2700
  • Third Precinct, 926 Independence Blvd., (Haygood) 757-385-2703

Last October, Americans turned in 377,080 pounds—188.5 tons—of prescription drugs at over 5,300 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,000 state and local law enforcement partners.  In its three previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in almost a million pounds—nearly 500 tons—of pills.

See below for some of their frequently asked questions!

What is accepted at the event?
All pharmaceuticals (prescription and over‐the‐counter) will be accepted. This includes pills, liquids, capsules, inhalers, patches, etc.

What is not accepted at the event?
NO SHARPS will be accepted.
NO AEROSOLS will be accepted.

What can I expect at the event?
Enter the precinct lobby where there will be an event table to drop off your unused prescriptions.  An officer will be onsite to answer any questions and accept your unused prescriptions.

Can I drop off drugs prescribed for my pet?
Yes.

Do I have to do anything to the prescription bottles prior to dropping them off?
We suggest removing or scratching out personal information from any bottle. Please preserve the part of the label that identifies the medication if at all possible.

What happens to the pharmaceuticals after I drop them off at the event?
The Virginia Beach Police Department will deliver the pharmaceuticals to an approved facility for proper disposal by incineration.

You can help the Virginia Beach Police Department in their mission to reduce contaminants in the environment and reduce children’s opportunity to gain access to unused or old prescriptions.

This event is open to any local Hampton Roads resident!

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