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Drug Take Back Day to be held April 27

Bay Aging is encouraging residents of the Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula to participate in the federal Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27.

Take Back Day is a way to allow citizens to safely, conveniently and anonymously dispose of prescription drugs, said a press release. Locally, the Gloucester County Sheriff’s Office has two collection sites—one at Walmart on Fox Centre Parkway in Gloucester and the other at the Kroger Pharmacy at Hayes. In Mathews, there is a permanent collection box in the Mathews County Sheriff’s Office.

According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs, said the release. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

Kathy Vesley, Bay Aging’s President and CEO, noted, “Far too of...

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