Thursday, April 24, 2014

Richmond Police Offer Prescription Drug Take-Back Event

Richmond Police Offer Prescription Drug Take-Back Event
    April 24, 2014

The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and law enforcement agencies across the country will host a nationwide Drug Take-Back initiative from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, April 26.

The Richmond Police Department will host two public collection sites:
·        East District Center, 701 N. 25th St.
 ·       Southside Community Service Center, 4100 Hull St.

Expired and unused prescription medications are a public safety issue that can lead to accidental poisoning, overdose, abuse and illegal sales. These medications cannot be turned in to your local pharmacy. Residents also are asked not to flush the prescriptions into the sewer system for environmental reasons.

“This is a public service that could possibly save a life,” said Lt. Ronnie Armstead of the Department’s Special Investigations Division. “Old and unused prescription medication should not be kept around the house, and the drug take-back initiative provides a safe opportunity for proper disposal.” A video appeal from Lt. Armstead can be found here: 

All prescription medications collected will be incinerated according to federal and state environmental guidelines. Richmond Police asks that you do not bring syringes, illegal narcotics or ammunition for disposal to the collection sites.