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Got Drugs? Mark Your Calendars for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Got Drugs? Mark Your Calendars for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Image of someone pouring prescription drugs into a take-back container.In order to prevent prescription drug abuse and protect our local waterways, proper disposal of prescription and over-the-counter medications is vital. As part of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on October 28th , select law enforcement agencies, pharmacies and hospitals across Hampton Roads will accept all prescription and over-the-counter medications from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm for safe disposal. Find the drop-off location nearest you by entering your zip code into the collection site locator on the DEA Diversion website at www.dea.gov or by calling 1-800-882-9539.

Although drug take-back days occur regularly each spring and fall, it’s important to know how to properly dispose of expired, unused or unwanted medications throughout the year as well. Never pour medications into sink drains or toilets. The chemicals found in medication can sometimes sneak through the intensive wastewater treatment process and be discharged back into local waterways posing a risk to local fish and other aquatic life. Instead of using your drain as a trash can, dispose of your medications in the following way:

  1. Crush or dissolve pills with water, then mix with kitty litter, sawdust or anything that will make the drug unavailable and unappealing for pets and children.
  2. Store the mixture in the original, sealed container (in case of accidental ingestion).
  3. Toss the sealed container into your regular trash bag and then transfer to your curbside trash container for collection on trash day. 

By working together, we can keep our waterways and communities drug free!

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