HAMPTON ROADS, Va. (WAVY) — If you have unwanted, unused and expired medicine in your cabinet, police and health officials are asking you to drop them off this weekend.
Virginia Beach is holding a “Prescription Drug Take Back day” Saturday, Oct. 22, at several locations for residents to drop off prescription medication. The event is being held as a part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
“It’s part of an effort to keep opioid pain pills away from children”, said Dr. Heidi Kulberg, Director of the Virginia Beach Department of Public Health.
Health officials say law enforcement has seen a steady rise in abuse of prescription medicine in youth and increased in heroin use and overdoses.
During the event Saturday, all prescription and over-the-counter medications, vitamins, veterinary medications, liquid medication in sealed containers, loose pills in sealed bags will be accepted.
You can drop them off at any of the following Virginia Beach Police Stations:
- 2509 Princess Anne Road | 757-385-4377 | Hours: 6 a.m. to 2 a.m.
- 820 Virginia Beach Blvd | 757-385-2700 | Open 24 hours
- 926 Independence Blvd | 757-385-2703 | Open 24 hours
- 840 Kempsville Road | 757-385-2800 | Open 24 hours
Officials say no paperwork is required and you can remain anonymous for any drop-off.
Newport News Police are also participating in the nationwide initiative. Saturday, Oct. 22 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., the police department along with Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will be collecting expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
You can go to the following locations:
- 9710 Jefferson Avenue – Newport News Police Headquarters
- 368 DeShazor Drive – Newport News Police North Precinct
- 3303 Jefferson Avenue – Newport News Police South Precinct
Police say the service is free and anonymous.