Central VA police agencies to participate in National Drug Take Back Day

Central VA police agencies to participate in National Drug Take Back Day
Agencies across Central VA will be collecting expired prescription pills on April 28. (Source: NBC12)

(WWBT) - Police agencies across Central Virginia will participate in the nationwide Prescription Drug Take Back Program on Saturday, April 28 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Henrico police will have three drop-off locations:

  • Henrico Training Center, 7701 East Parham Road - Drivers must access the building from Shrader Road.
  • Varina Public Library, 1875 New Market Road
  • Eastern Henrico Recreation Center, 1440 North Laburnum Road

Here is a list of drop-off locations in other jurisdictions:

  • Amelia - Front sidewalk of Rite Aid Pharmacy, 15105 Patrick Henry Highway
  • Amelia - Amelia Pharmacy, 15412 Patrick Henry Highway
  • Ashland - Ashland Police Department, 601 England Street
  • Caroline - CVS Pharmacy parking lot, 18048 Jefferson Davis Highway
  • Caroline - Caroline Square Shopping Center parking lot, 104 West Broaddus Avenue
  • Chesterfield - Manchester High School, 12601 Bailey Bridge Road
  • Colonial Heights - Toys R Us parking lot, 1869 Southpark Boulevard
  • Goochland - West Creek Emergency Center, 12720 Tuckahoe Creek Parkway
  • Goochland - Goochland Fire and Rescue Company 5, 2710 Fairground Road
  • Hopewell - Hopewell Police Department, 300 North Main Street
  • King William - King William County Sheriff's Office, 4915 Richmond Tappahannock Highway
  • Louisa - Louisa County Sheriff's Office, 1 Woolfolk Avenue
  • New Kent - New Kent County Sheriff's Office, 11995 Courthouse Circle
  • Powhatan - Powhatan County Courthouse, 3880 Old Buckingham Road
  • Prince George - Prince George County Sheriff's Office side parking lot, 6600 Courthouse Road

Petersburg's Prescription Drug Take Back Day will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 the CVS Pharmacy, 2100 South Crater Road.

Unused or expired pills and patches will be accepted, but liquids, needles, and sharp items will not be accepted, both police agencies said. The program is free and anonymous.

Governor Ralph Northam said he supports Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

"The DEA's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day helps us fight prescription drug abuse and the negative public safety and public health issues that accompany it," said Governor Northam. "More than 1,400 Virginians died in 2017 due to fatal drug overdoses—a number far exceeding car crashes and gun deaths. Studies have shown that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. These appalling statistics show why we must continue to work with our federal partners to ensure these drugs don't find their way into the wrong hands."

Last October, Americans turned in 900,000 pounds, or 456 tons, of prescription drugs at more than 5,300 sites operated by the Drug Enforcement Administration and over 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.

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