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Posted on: April 26, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Prescription Drug 'Take Back Day' being held on April 29th - 10AM to 2PM

Goochland Sheriffs Office - Drug Take Back Day 2017

During this opportunity, the DEA cannot accept liquids, needles, or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. 

Goochland County and the Rural Substance Abuse Awareness Coalition (RSAAC) urges the public to prevent pill abuse and theft by disposing of prescription drugs at the following locations in Goochland County or our neighboring localities.

Goochland County (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.)

Fire-Rescue Station #5 - Courthouse

2710 Fairground Road

Goochland, VA 23063

West Creek Emergency Center

12720 Tuckahoe Creek Court

Richmond, VA 23238

Powhatan County (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.)

Powhatan County Courthouse

3880 Old Buckingham Road

Powhatan, VA 23139

Louisa County (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.)

Louisa County Sheriff's Office 

1 Woolfolk Avenue

Louisa, VA 23093

Fluvanna County (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.)

CVS Pharmacy

28 Abby Road

Palmyra, VA 22963

Henrico County (10 a.m. -  2 p.m.)

Henrico Training Center (entrance on Shrader Road)

7721 E. Parham Road 

Henrico, VA 23294

Last October, Goochland County collection sites received 199 pounds in 4 hours, and The Commonwealth of Virginia received 23,720 pounds of prescription drugs at statewide sites.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

 For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 29th Take Back Day event, visit the link below to the DEA Diversion website or contact the Goochland County Sheriff's Office at (804) 556-5349.

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