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Dump your old drugs

To keep unused drugs from contaminating the environment or falling into the wrong hands, Mary Washington Healthcare will host a drug disposal event on Oct. 29. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day, people with leftover drugs and used needles can drop them off at these three locations, a press release from MWHC says:

  • The Tompkins-Martin Medical Plaza on the Mary Washington Hospital campus in Fredericksburg
  • The Mary Washington Healthcare Emergency & Outpatient Center at Lee’s Hill, at 10401 Spotsylvania Avenue
  • Stafford Hospital, 101 Hospital Center Blvd.

The event, called Operation Medicine Cabinet, is a joint effort of several groups — including the hospital, local law enforcement agencies and Partners in Aging. The idea is to keep people from polluting the environment by flushing or dumping their old medicines, and to prevent prescription drug abuse. (Police caution that leftover drugs in medicine cabinets might be abused by family members with drug problems.)

To get more information, call Jennifer Reynolds at 540/741-3107. You can also read about it at, under “Quick News.”