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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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**HD Video of AG Herring discussing the importance of Drug Takeback Day

 

**Audio of AG Herring discussing the importance of Drug Takeback Day

 

DRUG TAKEBACK DAY EVENTS TO BE HELD ACROSS RICHMOND AREA

~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 Richmond 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.

 

TAKE BACK COLLECTION SITES WILL BE AT THE FOLLOWING LOCATIONS:

 

HENRICO POLICE DEPARTMENT

HENRICO TRAINING CENTER
ENTRANCE IS ON SHRADER ROAD

7721 E. PARHAM ROAD

HENRICO

VA, 23294

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VIRGINIA STATE POLICE

VIRGINIA STATE POLICE DIVISION I HQS
POC: SGT MICHAEL BOCZAR

9300 BROOK ROAD

GLEN ALLEN

VA, 23060

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GOOCHLAND COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

WEST CREEK EMERGENCY CENTER

12720 TUCKAHOE CREEK PKWY

HENRICO

VA, 23238

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ASHLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT

ASHLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT
VISITOR PARKING LOT

601 ENGLAND STREET

ASHLAND

VA, 23005

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HANOVER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

MECHANICSVILLE CONVENIENCE CENTER

7427 VERDI LANE

MECHANICSVILLE

VA, 23116

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COLONIAL HEIGHTS POLICE DEPARTMENT

PICKWICK SHOPPING CENTER

24 PICKWICK AV

COLONIAL HEIGHTS

VA, 23834

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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT

ETTRICK ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

20910 CHESTERFIELD AVE

ETTRICK

VA, 23803

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DINWIDDIE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

EASTSIDE ENHANCEMENT CENTER

7301 BOYDTON PLANK ROAD

PETERSBURG

VA, 23803

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FORT LEE - PROVOST MARSHAL OFFICE

KENNER ARMY HEALTH CLINIC
UNDER VIP ENTRANCE AWNING ON EAST SIDE OF BLDG

700 24TH STREETBUILDING #8130

FORT LEE

VA, 23801

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NEW KENT COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEW KENT SHERIFF'S OFFICE

11995 COURTHOUSE CIRCLE

NEW KENT

VA, 23124

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PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY POLICE

PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
SIDE PARKING LOT

6600 COURTHOUSE ROAD

PRINCE GEORGE

VA, 23875

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HOPEWELL POLICE DEPARTMENT

HOPEWELL POLICE DEPARTMENT
PARKING LOT BY MAIN ENTRANCE

300 N. MAIN STREET

HOPEWELL

VA, 23860

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KING WILLIAM COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

FOOD LION SHOPPING CENTER

4915 RICHMOND-TAPPAHANNOCK HWY

AYLETT

VA, 23009

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