The Richmond Police Department, with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, will host a Drug Take-Back initiative from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30 at the Southside Community 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 an excellent opportunity to dispose of unused or expired medications in a proper way,” said Captain Michael Zohab of the Department’s Special Investigations Division. “These medications should not be kept around the house. Bringing them to the Drug Take-Back event could save a life.”
All prescription medications collected will be incinerated according to federal and state environmental guidelines. Richmond Police asks that you do not bring syringes or illegal narcotics for disposal to the collection sites. Medical waste or bulk commercial medications will also not be accepted. Those disposing of medications may remain anonymous.
Law enforcement agencies across the country are hosting similar events. To find locations outside Richmond go to: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/