Cathy Dyson writes about King George County.
Tomorrow is the day to dispose of unused or expired medication
The King George Sheriff’s Office and Dahlgren Naval Criminal Investigate Service are among police departments locally—and nationwide—giving residents a chance to safely dispose of unused or expired medicine.
The campaign is part of DEA’s National Take Back Initiative. People can turn in medicine they no long need—or that has expired—tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at collections throughout the region.
The service is free and anonymous, and no questions will be asked, according to the DEA press release.
DEA started the initiative in 2010 as a way to combat the rampant abuse of prescription drugs. After last year’s effort netted more than 121 tons of prescription drugs, DEA scheduled a second collection day in 2011.
More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescribed pills, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time, according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America.
Artwork attached to the campaign’s press release states: “Got Drugs? Most abused prescription drugs come from family and friends. You could be a drug dealer and not even know it.”
Medicine will be collected in King George at:
- The sheriff’s office on State Route 3
- The King George Shopping Center parking lot on Dahlgren Road
- On the naval base at Dahlgren at the Aegis Training and Readiness Center, the Naval Sea Systems Command, the commissary and Missile Defense Agency.
Other regional sites collecting medicine are:
- Caroline Sheriff’s Office, two sites: At the Ladysmith Pharmacy parking lot on U.S. 1 and the Caroline Square Shopping Center parking lot, at the corner of Main Street and W. Broaddus Ave.
- Fredericksburg Police Department, four sites: At the police department on Cowan Boulevard, the fire department on Princess Anne Street, the Tompkins-Martin Medical Building at Mary Washington Hospital and the Bragg Hill Family Life Center.
- Spotsylvania Sheriff’s Office, one site: At the Mary Washington Healthcare Emergency Center, 10401 Spotsylvania Ave.
- Stafford Sheriff’s Office, one site: At the Stafford Hospital Center, 101 Hospital Center Blvd.
For more information, contact 775-2049.