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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of the Attorney General

Mark Herring
Attorney General

202 North Ninth Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

 

For media inquiries only, contact:  
Lara Sisselman, Press Secretary
Phone: (804)786-1022 
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**HD Video 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 (October 23, 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 pills don't end up poisoning 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.

Attorney General Herring has made combating the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic a top priority, attacking the problem with a multifaceted approach that includes enforcement, 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 supported federal efforts to improve the availability of treatment and recovery resources and made prescription drug disposal kits available across the Commonwealth. Attorney General Herring recently outlined his recommended next steps for combating the crisis, focusing on law enforcement initiatives, support from the medical community, and recovery, treatment, prevention and education.

 

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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UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND POLICE DEPARTMENT

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND SPECIAL PROGRAMS BUILDING 
LOBBY

#31 UR DRIVESPECIAL PROGRAMS BUILDING

UNIVERSITY OF RICHMOND

VA, 23173

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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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CHESTERFIELD COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT

WESTCHESTER EMERGENCY DEPARTMENT

601 WATKINS CENTRE PARKWAY

MIDLOTHIAN

VA, 23114

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HANOVER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

MECHANICSVILLE CONVENIENCE CENTER

7427 VERDI LANE

MECHANICSVILLE

VA, 23116

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CAROLINE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

CVS PHARMACY 
PARKING LOT

18048 JEFFERSON DAVIS HIGHWAY

RUTHER GLEN

VA, 22546

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COLONIAL HEIGHTS POLICE DEPARTMENT

TOYS R. US PARKING LOT

1869 SOUTHPARK BLVD

COLONIAL HEIGHTS

VA, 23834

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GOOCHLAND COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

GOOCHLAND FIRE/RESCUE COMPANY 5

2710 FAIRGROUNDS ROAD

GOOCHLAND

VA, 23063

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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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AMELIA COUNTY SHERFF'S OFFICE

AMELIA PHARMACY INC. 
FRONT SIDEWALK BY STORE ENTRANCE

15412 PATRICK HENRY HWY.

AMELIA

VA, 23002

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AMELIA COUNTY SHERFF'S OFFICE

RITE AID PHARMACY 
FRONT SIDEWALK BY STORE ENTRANCE

15105 PATRICK HENRY HWY

AMELIA

VA, 23002

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