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Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal

Caroline County, Virginia – On October 29th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your medications for disposal to the parking lots of the Ladysmith Pharmacy –  18014 Jefferson Davis Highway or the Frog Level Volunteer Fire Department (Frog Level Parade) -  located at 30240 Richmond Turnpike.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Last April, Americans turned in  376,593 pounds—188 tons—of prescription drugs at nearly 5,361 sites operated by the DEA October 12, 2011and more than 3,000 state and local law enforcement partners.  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. 1Last year, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them.  The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.  Please contact the Caroline County Sheriff’s Office at 804-633-1120 for more information.

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