(ROANOKE, VA) – Local law enforcement agencies, Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Coalition (RAYSAC), the Partnership for Community Wellness, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and the Western Virginia Water Authority are partnering once again to collect expired, unused, and unwanted medications for safe destruction on Saturday, October 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at convenient parking lot locations across the valley. Vaping devices and cartridges will also be collected at any of the drop-off locations as long as the lithium-ion batteries have been removed. Veterinarian medications are also collected. No sharps or syringes will be accepted. Medicine does not need to be removed from containers as all collected medicine is burned in the state incinerator.
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. Since these take-back events started in 2010, over 46,000 pounds of prescription medications have been turned in by Roanoke Valley citizens for proper disposal. The event is rain or shine.
Medication take-back locations will be set up Saturday, October 28 from 10 am - 2 pm in parking lots across the valley:
Solomon’s Mission 592 Lowe St. Buchanan;
Penelope Jewelers 52 Kingston Dr, Daleville
CVS Towers Mall;
Melrose Plaza 2502 Melrose Ave NW;
CVS 9th Street 702 9th St. SE
Lewis Gale ER 2706 Odgen Rd;
|Lewis Gale Physicians 4615 Huntridge Rd;
Walgreens 4049 Brambleton Ave.
North County Fire and Rescue Station #1 150 Hershberger Rd.
Franklin County: Kroger Westlake 80 Westlake Rd
Super Shoes: 1838 W Main St.;
Salem VA Medical Center 1970 Roanoke Blvd.;
Va State Police HQ 3775 W. Main St.
Vinton: Kroger at Lake Drive Plaza 915 Hardy Rd.
See www.dea.gov for a complete list of all other sites in the region
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. and in the valley 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, the majority of 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. All medicine collected at these events is burned in the state’s medical incinerators. By working together to provide a free, secure place to dispose of unwanted medications, the DEA, law enforcement agencies, RAYSAC, the Partnership for Community Wellness, and Western Virginia Water Authority are helping prevent drug abuse, protecting our valley’s waterways and making our communities safer.