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National Drug Take-Back Initiative


September 2, 2010

Contact:  Stephanie Williams-Ortery, Grants Administrator

Phone: (757) 253-5173


On September 25, 2010, the DEA, along with James City County Police Department, will be at the Williamsburg-James City County Community Center from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction. 

The program is anonymous, and no questions will be asked.  Prescription and over the counter solid dosage medications (i.e., tablets and capsules) will be accepted.  Intra-venous solutions, injectables, and needles will not be accepted, nor will illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamines.


The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) is partnering with local law enforcement agencies nationwide to sponsor the first-ever prescription Drug Take-Back initiative.  The National Take-Back Day provides an opportunity for the public to surrender pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications for destruction.  These drugs are a potential source of supply for illegal use and an unacceptable risk to public health.


According to the Department of Justice, medicines that are left in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.  Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. 


Additionally, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.


For any questions regarding this program, please contact Sgt. Humphries with the James City County Police Department, at 757-253-2481 or go to




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