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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 BRISTOL 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 Take Back 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 Bristol 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:

BRISTOL SHERIFF'S OFFICE

FOOD CITY 
NEAR FRONT ENTRANCE

1320 EUCLID AVE

BRISTOL

VA, 24201

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BRISTOL TENNESSEE POLICE DEPARTMENT

BRISTOL POLICE DEPARTMENT

801 ANDERSON STREET

BRISTOL

TN, 37620

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WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

MICHAEL'S PHARMACY 
PARKING LOT

101 CHARWOOD DRIVE

ABINGDON

VA, 24210

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ELIZABETHTON TN POLICE DEPARTMENT

ELIZABETHTON POLICE DEPARTMENT 
SGT. WILLARD JOHNSON

525 EAST F STREET

ELIZABETHTON

TN, 37643

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WEBER CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT

FOOD CITY - WEBER CITY 
NEAR FRONT ENTRANCE

FRANK B. SMITH LN

WEBER CITY

VA, 24290

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RUSSELL COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

FOOD CITY

159 PITTSTON ROAD

LEBANON

VA, 24266

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DAMASCUS POLICE DEPARTMENT

DAMASCUS TOWN PARK

104 S BEAVER DAM AVE

DAMASCUS

VA, 24236

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WASHINGTON COUNTY TENNESSEE SHERIFFS OFFICE

GRAY COMMUNITY CHEST

113 GRAY RURITAN DRIVE

GRAY

TN, 37615

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WASHINGTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

GLADE SPRING PHARMACY 
PARKING LOT

33472 LEE HIGHWAY

GLADE SPRING

VA, 24340

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JONESBOROUGH DEPT. OF PUBLIC SAFETY

JONESBOROUGH FIRE DEPT.

123 BONE STREET

JONESBOROUGH

TN, 37659

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COEBURN POLICE DEPARTMENT

COEBURN FOOD CITY 
MARTY SHOPPING CENTER

517 FRONT ST W

COEBURN

VA, 24230

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