Police to take back prescription drugs

Published 3:54 pm Saturday, September 19, 2015

The Drug Enforcement Administration (Richmond District) will partner with the Suffolk Police Department, Virginia State Police, and other local agencies to conduct a statewide prescription drug take-back on Sept. 26.

The event, National Take-Back Initiative Day, is a collaborative effort to remove potentially dangerous prescription drugs from the nation’s homes. The event provides an opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances and other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction.

Suffolk Police Department investigators will be on hand at Walgreens, 118 W. Constance Road, and the Bennett’s Creek Pharmacy, 3219 Bridge Road, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sept. 26 for the collection of unwanted and unneeded prescription drugs.

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This program provides an opportunity for everyone to clean out their medicine cabinets and dispose of controlled, non-controlled and over-the-counter substances. Participants will not be asked any questions, and requests for identification will not be made.

Participants may dispose of medication in its original container or by removing the medication from its container. If an original container is submitted, participants should remove any identifying information from the prescription label. All solid dosage pharmaceutical products and liquids in consumer containers may be accepted. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in their original container. Intravenous solutions, injectables and syringes will not be accepted due to potential hazards posed by blood-borne pathogens.

For more information, contact Lt. Mark Erie with the Suffolk Police Department Special Investigations Unit at 514-7891 or merie@suffolkva.us.