Law enforcement agencies throughout the New River Valley will once again be participating in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which is scheduled for Saturday, October 26. All collection sites will be open that day from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Coordinated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and conducted twice each year, “Take Back Day” provides a safe and convenient way for individuals to properly dispose of unused or expired prescription medications. DEA officials say the initiative addresses a “crucial public safety and public health issue,” since unused or expired medications can potentially lead to accidental poisoning, misuse, or overdose.

The 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicated that nearly 10 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs.

“Properly disposing of such medications is a simple, but important and effective way for many of us to help prevent substance misuse and addiction not only in our own communities, but in our own homes,” notes Mike Wade, Community Wellness and Outreach Supervisor for NRVCS. “Pharmaceutical drugs are potentially just as addictive and dangerous as any illicit substances that can be purchased on the street.”

The DEA reports that law enforcement officials collected 937,443 lbs. (468.72 tons) during the Take Back Day held in April 2019, with almost 5,000 law enforcement agencies across the country sponsoring collection sites.

There will be a number of collection sites available throughout the New River Valley on October 26. (See below) NRVCS is also partnering with a number of local law enforcement agencies to supply residents who participate in Take Back Day with a complimentary drug disposal kit that can be used at home.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day collection sites in the New River Valley (Saturday, October 26 | 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)




Blacksburg (Blacksburg Police Department)
Blacksburg Recreation Center
725 Patrick Henry Drive | Blacksburg

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

Dublin (Dublin Police Department)
CVS Pharmacy
100 Giles Avenue | Dublin

Fairlawn (Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office)
7480 Lee Hwy | Fairlawn

Pulaski (Pulaski Police Department)
Food City
1400 Bob White Blvd. | Pulaski

Radford Police Department
20 Robertson Street | Radford

For more information about Take Back Day, or to find a collection site outside of the New River Valley, click here.