October 17, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Sgt. Steve Humphries
JCC to participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
The James City County Police Department is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 29 from 10 a.m.-2 pm. at the James City/Williamsburg Community Center, 5301 Longhill Rd. and at Fire Station 2, 8429 Pocahontas Trail.
Disposing of unused and unwanted medications helps eliminate the opportunity for prescription drug abuse. The service is free and anonymous, 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.
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, please contact James City County Police Sgt. Humphries at 757-603-6022 or visit the website.