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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of the Attorney General

Mark Herring
Attorney General

202 North Ninth Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

 

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DRUG TAKEBACK DAY EVENTS TO BE HELD ACROSS ROANOKE ARE

~Attorney General Herring reminds Virginians to dispose of unused prescriptions, especially opioids, at one of many drop-off sites across the Commonwealth~

RICHMOND (April 26, 2017) - Attorney General Mark R. Herring is encouraging Virginians to take advantage of Saturday's National Prescription Drug Takeback Day. Law enforcement agencies, community partners, and members of the Attorney General's team will be stationed at dozens of locations throughout the Commonwealth to accept unused or expired medications for proper disposal before they can be misused, abused, or accidentally ingested. Takeback locations in the Roanoke area, which will be open from 10am - 2pm, are listed below, and you can find a site near you by searching here.

 

"Far too often, unused prescription drugs that are left around the house fall into the hands of someone who could misuse or abuse them, or even accidentally ingest them like a small child or grandchild. Drug Takeback Day is an important opportunity for all Virginians to get these potentially dangerous unused prescription drugs out of their homes," said Attorney General Mark Herring. "Prescription opioids are extremely powerful medications that can easily lead to dependence, abuse of harder drugs like heroin or fentanyl, or even lead to a fatal overdose. I encourage all Virginians to take advantage of Saturday's collection locations across the Commonwealth so these drugs don't end up on our streets. Taking a few minutes out of your weekend can make our homes and communities safer and help combat the devastating opioid epidemic in Virginia."

 

There is a strong link between misuse of prescription opioids, opioid addiction, and even subsequent use of heroin once prescriptions become too expensive or are no longer accessible. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse:

 

  • Half of young people who used heroin got started by abusing prescription opioids.
  • One in fifteen individuals who misuse prescription opioid painkillers will try heroin within 10 years.
  • The number of opioid prescriptions has nearly tripled over the last 25 years, and the United States now accounts for nearly 100 percent of the world's hydrocodone prescriptions and 81 percent of oxycodone prescriptions.
  • The number of Americans abusing heroin nearly doubled from 2007 to 2012, with nearly 700,000 now abusing heroin.

In Virginia, abuse and overdose deaths continue to rise:

  • Heroin overdose deaths have risen more than 830 percent between 2010 and 2016, from 48 to 448.
  • Fentanyl deaths have risen by over 1185 percent from 2007 to 2016, from 48 to 618.
  • Prescription opioid overdose deaths have risen 17 percent between 2007 and 2016, from 400 deaths to 469.

Attorney General Herring has made combating the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic a top priority, attacking the problem with a multifaceted approach that includes education, prevention, and legislation to encourage reporting of overdoses in progress, expand the availability of naloxone, and expand access to the Prescription Monitoring Program. He has created www.HardestHitVA.com as a central resource for prevention, education, and treatment resources, and expanded the OAG's enforcement efforts against dealers and traffickers, working with state and federal partners to prosecute more than 75 heroin/opioid cases involving more than 375 pounds of heroin which is approximately 1.7 million daily doses with an estimated street value of $16.9 million. He has supported federal efforts to improve the availability of treatment and recovery resources, partnered with U.S. Attorney Dana Boente to create the Hampton Roads Heroin Working Group to develop holistic, community-driven solutions to the heroin and opioid crisis, and made prescription drug disposal kits available across the Commonwealth.

 

TAKEBACK COLLECTION SITES WILL BE AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:

ROANOKE COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT

KROGER @ TANGLEWOOD MALL
FRONT PARKING LOT

4488 ELECTRIC ROAD

ROANOKE

VA, 24015

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ROANOKE CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT

CVS AT TOWERS SHOPPING CENTER

2001 COLONIAL AVE SW

ROANOKE

VA, 24015

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ROANOKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

ROANOKE COUNTY FIRE STATION #1
PARKING LOT

150 HERSHBERGER ROAD

ROANOKE

VA, 24019

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ROANOKE COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT

KROGER AT VALLEY GATEWAY
NEAR FRONT ENTRANCE

3970 VALLEY GATEWAY BLVD

ROANOKE

VA, 24012

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ROANOKE CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT

CVS AT TARGET

4737 VALLEY VIEW BLVD

ROANOKE

VA, 24012

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ROANOKE COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT

KROGER ON BRAMBELTON
BETWEEN CVS AND KROGER

4404 BRAMBLETON AVE

ROANOKE

VA, 24018

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VIRGINIA STATE POLICE

VIRGINIA STATE POLICE DIVISION VI HQS
POC: SGT. GLENN ARMSTRONG

3775 W. MAIN STREET

SALEM

VA, 24153

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DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS POLICE

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
ENTRANCE TO BUILDING 143; MAIN HOSPITAL

1970 ROANOKE BOULEVARD

SALEM

VA, 24153

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SALEM POLICE DEPARTMENT

SUPER SHOES
FRONT PARKING LOT

1838 W. MAIN STREET

SALEM

VA, 24153

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BOTETOURT COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

KROGER
FRONT OF STORE

72 KINGSTON DRIVE

DALEVILLE

VA, 24083

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VINTON POLICE DEPARTMENT

KROGER PARKING LOT
LAKE DRIVE PLAZA

915 HARDY ROAD

VINTON

VA, 24179

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ROCKY MOUNT POLICE DEPARTMENT

WAL-MART
ON SIDEWALK NEAR FRONT ENTRANCE

550 OLD FRANKLIN TURNPIKE

ROCKY MOUNT

VA, 24151

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FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
WESTLAKE SUBSTATION

13245 BOOKER T. WASHINGTON HWY.

MONETA

VA, 24121

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CRAIG COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

MARKET STREET PHARMACY
PARKING LOT

317 MARKET ST

NEW CASTLE

VA, 24127

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LYNCHBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT

LYNCHBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT
LOBBY

905 COURT STREET

LYNCHBURG

VA, 24504

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CAMPBELL COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

YELLOW BRANCH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

377 DENNIS RIDDLE DR

RUSTBURG

VA, 24588

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VIRGINIA STATE POLICE

VIRGINIA STATE POLICE DIVISION III HQS
POC: SGT DREW MCCORMICK

240 THIRD DIVISION LOOP

APPOMATTOX

VA, 24522

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APPOMATTOX COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

APPOMATTOX DRUG STORE
COMMON AREA NEAR DOCTOR'S OFFICE

2046 CONFEDERATE BLVD

APPOMATTOX

VA, 24522

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BUENA VISTA POLICE DEPARTMENT

CVS PHARMACY
EXTERIOR BREEZEWAY

2148 E. MIDLAND TRAIL

BUENA VISTA

VA, 24416

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DANVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT

DANVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT
INSIDE COURT STREET ENTRANCE

427 PATTON ST

DANVILLE

VA, 24541

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PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

MT. HERMON SHOPPING CENTER
FOOD LION PARKING LOT

4048 FRANKLIN TURNPIKE

DANVILLE

VA, 24540

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PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
IN FRONT OF SHERIFF'S OFFICE

21 NORTH MAIN STREET

CHATHAM

VA, 24531

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PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

FOOD LION
PARKING LOT

100 VADEN STREET

GRETNA

VA, 24557

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MARTINSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT

MARTINSVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT
FRONT ENTRANCE

65 WEST CHURCH ST.

MARTINSVILLE

VA, 24112

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