Law enforcement agencies and communities throughout the New River Valley will be participating in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 27. Sites will be accepting expired and/or unused medications from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which is coordinated by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.2 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

This event is conducted twice per year – once in April
and again in October. According to the DEA, officials collected 474.5 tons of medications in April 2018.

Be sure to check your home for expired or unused medications and take those to the collection site nearest you. This service is safe, convenient and confidential – plus, you are actively helping reduce the potential for addiction and overdose deaths.

A list of participating sites in the New River Valley is included below:

FLOYD COUNTY
Floyd County Sheriff’s Office (main entrance) – 100 E. Main Street, Floyd

GILES COUNTY
Giles County Sheriff’s Office – 1 Taylor Avenue, Pearisburg

MONTGOMERY COUNTY
Blacksburg Police Department (Blacksburg Recreation/Community Center parking lot) – 725 Patrick Henry Drive, Blacksburg

Christiansburg Police Department (CVS Pharmacy) – 550 N. Franklin Street, Christiansburg

PULASKI COUNTY
Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office (Fairlawn Wal-Mart) – 7373 Peppers Ferry Boulevard, Fairlawn

Pulaski Police Department (Food City) – 1400 Bob White Boulevard, Pulaski

Dublin Police Department (CVS Pharmacy) – 100 Giles Avenue, Dublin

CITY OF RADFORD
Radford Police Department (Radford Fire Department) – 1500 Wadsworth Street, Radford

For more information about Drug Take Back Day, or to find other collection sites, visit takebackday.dea.gov.