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Saturday is Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

This Saturday is DEA Prescription Drug Take-Back Day and law enforcement agencies and community partners across Virginia will be accepting unused or expired medications for proper disposal before they can be misused, abused or accidentally ingested.

“Keeping unused prescriptions around the house increases the likelihood that they will eventually be misused or abused, or even accidentally ingested by a child or grandchild,” Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring said. “Prescription opioids are especially powerful medications that can easily lead to dependence, abuse of harder drugs like heroin or fentanyl, or even lead to a fatal overdose.

“Drug Take-Back Day only comes around once a year, so I encourage all Virginians to take advantage of Saturday’s collection locations so we can get these pills out of the cabinets before they wind up on the streets. It’s a simple thing that can go a long way in making our homes and communities safer and in helping...

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