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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of the Attorney General

Mark Herring
Attorney General

202 North Ninth Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

 

For media inquiries only, contact:  
Charlotte Gomer, Press Secretary
Phone: (804)786-1022 
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DRUG TAKEBACK DAY EVENTS TO BE HELD ACROSS SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA

~Attorney General Herring reminds Virginians to dispose of unused prescriptions, especially opioids, at one of many drop-off sites across the Commonwealth~

RICHMOND (October 22, 2019) - Attorney General Mark R. Herring is encouraging Virginians to take advantage of Saturday's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to dispose of unused or expired medications, especially prescription opioids, before they can be misused, abused, or accidentally ingested. Law enforcement agencies, community partners, and members of the Attorney General's team will be stationed at dozens of locations throughout the Commonwealth to accept medications for proper disposal. Takeback locations across Southside Virginia, which will be open from 10am - 2pm, are listed below, and you can find a site near you by searching here.

 

"All too often we have seen opioid addiction start at home in the medicine cabinet when unused prescription drugs fall into the hands of someone who could misuse or abuse them," said Attorney General Herring. "Disposing of these drugs safely at a specified Drug Takeback Day location is an easy way for Virginians to get rid of these potentially dangerous unused prescriptions. I would encourage everyone to take a few minutes out of your weekend to clean out your medicine cabinets and bring your unneeded prescription drugs to be disposed of. Just this simple step makes our homes and communities safer and helps to fight the devastating opioid epidemic."

 

There is a strong link between misuse of prescription opioids, opioid addiction, and even subsequent use of heroin once prescriptions become too expensive or are no longer accessible. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse:

  • Heroin abuse is 19 times more likely among those who abuse prescription opioids.
  • Half of young people who used heroin got started by abusing prescription opioids.
  • One in fifteen individuals who misuse prescription opioid painkillers will try heroin within 10 years.
  • Studies show a link between the availability of prescription and illicit drugs and the likelihood of abuse.

In Virginia, opioid overdose deaths have risen steadily since 2010:

  • Heroin overdose deaths have risen more than 1,056% between 2010 and 2018, from 48 to 555.
  • Fentanyl deaths have risen by over 1,593% percent from 2007 to 2018, from 48 to 813.
  • Prescription opioid overdose deaths have risen 19% between 2007 and 2018, from 400 deaths to 477.

The heroin and prescription opioid epidemic has been a top priority for Attorney General Herring. He and his team continue to attack the problem with a multifaceted approach that includes enforcementeducation, prevention, and legislation to encourage reporting of overdoses in progress, expand the availability of naloxone, and expand access to the Prescription Monitoring Program. He has supported federal efforts to improve the availability of treatment and recovery resources and made prescription drug disposal kits available across the Commonwealth. Attorney General Herring recently outlined his recommended next steps for combating the crisis, focusing on law enforcement initiatives, support from the medical community, and recovery, treatment, prevention and education. He and his team also continue to participate in a multistate investigation into the practices of additional drug manufacturers and distributors to determine what role they may have played in creating or prolonging the crisis and what accountability they should face.

 

Drug Takeback locations include:

 

DANVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT

WALMART SUPER STORE

515 MT. CROSS RD.

DANVILLE

VA, 24540

PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

MT. HERMON SHOPPING CENTER
FOOD LION PARKING LOT

4048 FRANKLIN TURNPIKE

DANVILLE

VA, 24540

PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
IN FRONT OF SHERIFF'S OFFICE

21 NORTH MAIN STREET

CHATHAM

VA, 24531

MARTINSVILLE POLICE DEPARTMENT

MARTINSVILLE FIRE DEPARTMENT
FRONT ENTRANCE

65 WEST CHURCH ST.

MARTINSVILLE

VA, 24112

ROCKY MOUNT POLICE DEPARTMENT

KROGER

400 OLD FRANKLIN TURNPIKE

ROCKY MOUNT

VA, 24151

FRANKLIN COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

KROGER WESTLAKE

80 WESTLAKE RD

HARDY

VA, 24101

HILLSBOROUGH POLICE DEPARTMENT

WALMART SUPER-CENTER
STORE CONTACT: JEREMIAH DONNELL

500 HAMPTON POINTE BOULEVARD

HILLSBOROUGH

NC, 27278

PATRICK COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

PATRICK COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

742 COMMERCE STREET

STUART

VA, 24171

HIGH POINT POLICE DEPARTMENT

DEEP RIVER DRUG
CATHERINE QUEEN

2401-B HICKSWOOD ROAD

HIGH POINT

NC, 27265

ROANOKE COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT

KROGER @ TANGLEWOOD MALL
FRONT PARKING LOT

4488 ELECTRIC ROAD

ROANOKE

VA, 24015

VINTON POLICE DEPARTMENT

KROGER PARKING LOT
LAKE DRIVE PLAZA

915 HARDY ROAD

VINTON

VA, 24179

ROANOKE CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT

CVS 9TH STREET SE

702 9TH STREET SE

ROANOKE

VA, 24013

ROANOKE CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT

CVS AT TOWERS SHOPPING CENTER

2001 COLONIAL AVE SW

ROANOKE

VA, 24015

FLOYD COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

FLOYD COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
MAIN ENTRANCE

100 MAIN STREET

FLOYD

VA, 24091

ROANOKE COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT

WALGREENS
CORNER OF ELECTRIC ROAD & BRAMBLETON AVE

4049 BRAMBLETON AVE

ROANOKE

VA, 24018

ROANOKE COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT

KROGER AT VALLEY GATEWAY
NEAR FRONT ENTRANCE

3970 VALLEY GATEWAY BLVD

ROANOKE

VA, 24012

ROANOKE CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT

SOLUTIONS CENTER

2328 MELROSE AVE NW

ROANOKE

VA, 24017

US DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS POLICE- SALEM

DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS
ENTRANCE TO BUILDING 143; MAIN HOSPITAL

1970 ROANOKE BOULEVARD

SALEM

VA, 24153

ROANOKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

ROANOKE COUNTY FIRE STATION #1
PARKING LOT

150 HERSHBERGER ROAD

ROANOKE

VA, 24019

ROANOKE COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

KROGER CORPORATE OFFICES

3631 PETERS CREEK RD

ROANOKE

VA, 24019

SALEM POLICE DEPARTMENT

SUPER SHOES
FRONT PARKING LOT

1838 W. MAIN STREET

SALEM

VA, 24153

VIRGINIA STATE POLICE

VIRGINIA STATE POLICE DIVISION VI HQS
POC: SGT. HAMRICK

3775 W. MAIN STREET

SALEM

VA, 24153

RALEIGH POLICE DEPARTMENT

FALLS RIVER PHARMACY

10930 RAVEN RIDGE RD

RALEIGH

NC, 27614

 

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