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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
October 28, 2017 at 10:00 am - 2:00 pm
Drop off your unused or expired prescription medication for safe disposal Saturday, Oct. 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Henrico Training Center during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
- Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse.
- Pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or a doctor’s supervision.
- The non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in America.
- The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends – and the home medicine cabinet.
- Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold. Unused drugs that are flushed contaminate the water supply.
- Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment.
Take-back programs are the best way to dispose of old drugs, but if you are not able to make it and have medications to dispose, follow these steps:
- Take the medication out of the bottle;
- Mix it with something unappealing like used kitty litter or coffee grounds;
- Seal it in a bag or disposable container and throw away.