Monday, September 20, 2010

Bad Medicine: Richmond Police Wants Your Old Prescription Drugs

According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, expired prescription medications are a public safety issue that can lead to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse. These drugs cannot be turned in to your local pharmacy and should not be flushed into the sewer system.

To assist in the proper disposal of these drugs, the DEA and law enforcement agencies across the country will hold the first nationwide prescription medication collection program on Saturday, Sept. 25. The Richmond Police Department will have two collection sites open to the public from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day:
  • East District Center, 701 N. 25th St.
  • Southside Community Service Center, 4100 Hull Street Road

“In the wrong hands, prescription medications can be just as dangerous as illegal street narcotics,” said Captain Roger Russell, who is in charge of the Department’s narcotics investigations. “In fact, we have collected prescription drugs that were intended for street sale during drug busts.”

Residents are welcome to bring unused or expired prescription medications to either location. Police ask that you do not bring syringes or illegal narcotics for disposal to the collection sites.

All prescription medications collected will be incinerated according to federal and state environmental guidelines.