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On Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Danville Police Department, in partnership with the Pittsylvania County Sheriff’s Office, the Regional Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention (RASAP), and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will give citizens the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
Bring your medications for disposal to the parking lot of Centra Medical at 414 Park Ave. Police officers will be present to collect expired or unused medications with no questions asked. Take back events also are being held at two locations in the county: Food Lion parking lot at the Tuscarora Shopping Center and at the Sheriff’s Office at 21 North Main St. in Chatham.
Sites cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, but only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked
Last fall Americans turned in nearly 460 tons (more than 900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 16 previous Take Back events, the DEA and its partners have taken in almost 11 million pounds — nearly 5,500 tons — of pills.
The drug take-back initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish 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 is obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
In addition, Americans now are 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.