rx-takeback-bner-2017Communities throughout the New River Valley will be taking part in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day this Saturday, April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The event, which is coordinated by local law enforcement agencies in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), gives the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. 2017 marks the seventh year of the program.

Bring your pills for disposal to any of the local sites listed below. (IMPORTANT: Please note that the DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)  This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Take Back locations – Saturday, April 29 (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)
Blacksburg – Blacksburg Recreation Center (725 Patrick Henry Drive, Blacksburg)
Christiansburg – CVS (550 N. Franklin Street, Christiansburg)
Dublin – CVS (100 Giles Avenue, Dublin)
Floyd – Parking lot behind the Floyd County Courthouse (downtown Floyd)
Pearisburg – Pearisburg Community Center (1410 Wenonah Avenue, Pearisburg)
Pulaski – Food City in Pulaski (1400 Bob White Boulevard, Pulaski)
Radford – Radford Fire Department (1500 Wadsworth Street, Radford)
Riner – Riner Fire Department (conducted by the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office)

Last October, Americans turned in 366 tons (over 730,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners.  Overall, in its 12 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 7.1 million pounds—more than 3,500 tons—of pills.

This 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 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.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 29 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website.