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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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Charlotte Gomer, Press Secretary
Phone: (804)786-1022 
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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 22, 2019) - Attorney General Mark R. Herring is encouraging Virginians to take advantage of Saturday's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to dispose of unused or expired medications, especially prescription opioids, before they can be misused, abused, or accidentally ingested. 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 medications for proper disposal. 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.

 

"All too often we have seen opioid addiction start at home in the medicine cabinet when unused prescription drugs fall into the hands of someone who could misuse or abuse them," said Attorney General Herring. "Disposing of these drugs safely at a specified Drug Takeback Day location is an easy way for Virginians to get rid of these potentially dangerous unused prescriptions. I would encourage everyone to take a few minutes out of your weekend to clean out your medicine cabinets and bring your unneeded prescription drugs to be disposed of. Just this simple step makes our homes and communities safer and helps to fight the devastating opioid epidemic."

 

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:

  • Heroin abuse is 19 times more likely among those who abuse prescription opioids.
  • 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.
  • Studies show a link between the availability of prescription and illicit drugs and the likelihood of abuse.

In Virginia, opioid overdose deaths have risen steadily since 2010:

  • Heroin overdose deaths have risen more than 1,056% between 2010 and 2018, from 48 to 555.
  • Fentanyl deaths have risen by over 1,593% percent from 2007 to 2018, from 48 to 813.
  • Prescription opioid overdose deaths have risen 19% between 2007 and 2018, from 400 deaths to 477.

The heroin and prescription opioid epidemic has been a top priority for Attorney General Herring. He and his team continue to attack the problem with a multifaceted approach that includes enforcementeducation, 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. He and his team also continue to participate in a multistate investigation into the practices of additional drug manufacturers and distributors to determine what role they may have played in creating or prolonging the crisis and what accountability they should face.

 

Drug Takeback locations include:

 

RICHMOND CITY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

RICHMOND CITY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

1701 FAIRFIELD WAY

RICHMOND

VA, 23223

USD OF VETERANS AFFAIRS RICHMOND

RICHMOND VETERAN AFFAIRS MEDICAL CENTER

1201 BROAD ROCK BOULEVARD

RICHMOND

VA, 23249

HENRICO POLICE DEPARTMENT

KROGER

1601 WILLOW LAWN DRIVE

RICHMOND

VA, 23230

HENRICO POLICE DEPARTMENT

WALMART

5001 NINE MILE

RICHMOND

VA, 23223

HENRICO POLICE DEPARTMENT

KROGER

4816 S. LABURNUM AVE

HENRICO

VA, 23231

HENRICO POLICE DEPARTMENT

WALMART

7901 BROOK ROAD

RICHMOND

VA, 23227

HENRICO POLICE DEPARTMENT

HENRICO TRAINING CENTER
ENTRANCE IS ON SHRADER ROAD

7721 E. PARHAM ROAD

HENRICO

VA, 23294

HENRICO POLICE DEPARTMENT

KROGER

9000 STAPLES MILL ROAD

HENRICO

VA, 23228

VIRGINIA STATE POLICE

VIRGINIA STATE POLICE DIVISION I HQS
POC: SGT MELANIE MCKENNEY

9300 BROOK ROAD

GLEN ALLEN

VA, 23060

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT

WEGMANS

12501 STONE VILLAGE WAY

MIDLOTHIAN

VA, 23113

HANOVER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

MECHANICSVILLE CONVENIENCE CENTER

7427 VERDI LANE

MECHANICSVILLE

VA, 23116

HENRICO POLICE DEPARTMENT

KROGER

11895 W. BROAD STREET

HENRICO

VA, 23233

HENRICO POLICE DEPARTMENT

WEGMANS

12200 WEGMANS BLVD

HENRICO

VA, 23233

GOOCHLAND COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

WEST CREEK EMERGENCY CENTER

12720 TUCKAHOE CREEK PKWY

HENRICO

VA, 23238

ASHLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT

ASHLAND POLICE DEPARTMENT
VISITOR PARKING LOT

601 ENGLAND STREET

ASHLAND

VA, 23005

COLONIAL HEIGHTS POLICE DEPARTMENT

SAM'S CLUB
PARKING LOT

735 SOUTHPARK BLVD

COLONIAL HEIGHTS

VA, 23834

FORT LEE - PROVOST MARSHAL OFFICE

FORT LEE MILITARY POLICE STATION
FRONT LOBBY

BLDG# 8526MAHONE AVE

FORT LEE

VA, 23801

KING WILLIAM COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

CENTRAL CROSSING FOOD LION
PARKING LOT AREA NEAR FRONT OF STORE

4915 RICHMOND TAPPAHANNOCK HIGHWAY

AYLETT

VA, 23009

PETERSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT

CVS PHARMACY

2100 SOUTH CRATER RD

PETERSBURG

VA, 23805

PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT

PRINCE GEORGE COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
SIDE PARKING LOT

6600 COURTHOUSE ROAD

PRINCE GEORGE

VA, 23875

PETERSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT

WAL-MART PETERSBURG

3500 S. CRATER ROAD

PETERSBURG

VA, 23805

DINWIDDIE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

EASTSIDE ENHANCEMENT CENTER

7301 BOYDTON PLANK ROAD

PETERSBURG

VA, 23803

GOOCHLAND COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

GOOCHLAND FIRE/RESCUE COMPANY 5

2710 FAIRGROUNDS ROAD

GOOCHLAND

VA, 23063

NEW KENT COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEW KENT SHERIFF'S OFFICE

11995 COURTHOUSE CIRCLE

NEW KENT

VA, 23124

AMELIA COUNTY SHERFF'S OFFICE

RITE AID PHARMACY
FRONT SIDEWALK BY STORE ENTRANCE

15105 PATRICK HENRY HWY

AMELIA

VA, 23002

AMELIA COUNTY SHERFF'S OFFICE

AMELIA PHARMACY INC.
FRONT SIDEWALK BY STORE ENTRANCE

15412 PATRICK HENRY HWY.

AMELIA

VA, 23002

KING AND QUEEN SHERIFF'S OFFICE

PAMUNKEY REGIONAL LIBRARY
FRONT PARKING LOT

396 NEWTOWN ROAD

SAINT STEPHENS CHURCH

VA, 23148

CAROLINE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

CVS PHARMACY
PARKING LOT

18048 JEFFERSON DAVIS HIGHWAY

RUTHER GLEN

VA, 22546

CAROLINE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

CAROLINE SQUARE SHOPPING CENTER PARKING LOT
PARKING LOT NEAR RITE AID PHARMACY ENTRANCE

104 W. BROADDUS AVENUE

BOWLING GREEN

VA, 22427

JAMES CITY COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT

JAMES CITY COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER

4600 OPPORTUNITY WAY

WILLIAMSBURG

VA, 23188

KING AND QUEEN SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NICK'S RESTAURANT
SIDE PARKING LOT

3483 LEWIS B. PULLER HWY

SHACKLEFORDS

VA, 23156

CUMBERLAND COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

CUMBERLAND PHARMACY

1756 ANDERSON HWY

CUMBERLAND

VA, 23040

LOUISA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

LOUISA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

1 WOOLFOLK AVE

LOUISA

VA, 23093

WILLIAMSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT

WILLIAMSBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT

WILLIAMSBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT440 N BOUNDARY STREET

WILLIAMSBURG

VA, 23185

SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

SPOTSYLVANIA REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER
UNDER MAIN ENTRANCE AWNING

4600 SPOTSYLVANIA PARKWAY

FREDERICKSBURG

VA, 22408

SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

CVS COURTLAND COMMONS
PARKING LOT

9767 COURTHOUSE ROAD

SPOTSYLVANIA

VA, 22553

SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

WALMART SUPERCENTER (SOUTHPOINT)

10001 SOUTHPOINT PKWY

FREDERICKSBURG

VA, 22407

SPOTSYLVANIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

MARY WASHINGTON HEALTHCARE
EMERGENCY AND OUTPATIENT CENTER - LEES HILL

10401 SPOTSYLVANIA AVENUEUNDER THE AWNING

FREDERICKSBURG

VA, 22408

FLUVANNA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

JEFFERSON PHARMACY

194 B TURKEY SAG TRAIL

PALMYRA

VA, 22963

GLOUCESTER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

WALMART PHARMACY
INSIDE

6819 WALTONS LANE

GLOUCESTER

VA, 23061

ORANGE (TOWN OF) POLICE DEPARTMENT

ORANGE PHARMACY
FRONT SIDEWALK

130 WEST MAIN STREET

ORANGE

VA, 22960

ORANGE (TOWN OF) POLICE DEPARTMENT

CVS PHARMACY
FRONT SIDEWALK

308 RADNEY ROAD

ORANGE

VA, 22960

 

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