ROANOKE, VA – Local law enforcement agencies, Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Coalition (RAYSAC), the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Western Virginia Water Authority are partnering to collect expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction on Saturday, April 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at nine area locations. The public is invited to bring unused or unwanted medications to this free and anonymous event that is part of the nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” program that seeks to prevent prescription pill abuse, theft and environmental concerns.
This is the valley’s 8th such take-back event. To date, over five tons of prescription medications have been turned in by area citizens for proper disposal making our area one of the largest collection locations in the state. This year there will be nine collection locations in the valley.
Four sites will be in Roanoke County including:
Tanglewood Kroger parking lot, Brambleton (at Colonial Ave.) Kroger parking lot,
Bonsack Kroger parking lot Roanoke County Fire and Rescue Station #1 on Hershberger Road
Additional sites across the valley include:Roanoke Civic Center parking lot,Super Shoes parking lot on West Main in Salem,
Craig County Sheriff’s Office, Vinton Kroger parking lot on Hardy Road,
Daleville Kroger parking lot in Botetourt County
This initiative addresses vital public safety and public health issues. Medications that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that 90% of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In fact, seven of the 10 most commonly abused drugs by teenagers are prescription medications.
In addition, flushing medications down the drain can result in trace amounts of pharmaceuticals showing up in our nation’s waterways. This initiative offers a safe and convenient disposal option for the valley residents.
This initiative is sponsored by RAYSAC, the Western Virginia Water Authority, Prevention Council of Roanoke County, U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, Craig County Sheriff’s Department, Roanoke County Police Department, Roanoke Police Department, Botetourt County Sheriff’s Department, Salem Police Department, Roanoke County Sheriff’s Department, Vinton Police Department, Roanoke Valley Academy of Medicine and the U.S. Attorney’s Office Western District of Virginia.
By working together to provide a free, secure place to dispose of unwanted medications, the law enforcement agencies, RAYSAC and the Western Virginia Water Authority are helping prevent drug abuse, protecting our valley’s waterways and making our communities safer.