|Oct. 26th Is Drug Take Back Day Here|
Covington, VA (Oct. 1, 2019) - On Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Covington City Police, Alleghany County Sheriffâ€™s Office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 18th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to Walmart in Covington and Kroger/CVS in Clifton Forge. (Sites cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.)
The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Last fall Americans turned in nearly 460 tons (more than 900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 16 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in almost 11 million poundsâ€”nearly 5,500 tonsâ€”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. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrationâ€™s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone elseâ€™s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet.
In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicinesâ€”flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trashâ€”both pose potential safety and health hazards. For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 26 Take Back Day event, go to www.DEATakeBack.com
For those that cannot make it to the Drug Take Back event hours, our community has two permanent drop box locations â€“ Alleghany County Sheriffâ€™s Office and Covington City Police Department. The drop box is a big green box located in the lobby of both places and are accessible 24/7. No sharps or liquids please.
DATE: October 26, 2019
TIME: 10 AM â€“ 2PM
LOCATION: Walmart in Covington, VA and Kroger/CVS in Clifton Forge, VA