James City County Police Participate in the Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 30
April 20, 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Major Stephen Rubino
Phone: (757) 259-5142
What do you do with unused medication? – The James City County Police Department is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for a Nationwide Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. The event will be held at two locations, the James City/Williamsburg Community Center, 5301 Longhill Road, and the Williamsburg Drug Company, 240 McLaws Circle.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, 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. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. For more information, visit the DEA’s website or call the James City County Police Department Community Services Unit at 757-253-2481.