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Commonwealth of Virginia
Office of the Attorney General

Mark Herring
Attorney General

202 North Ninth Street
Richmond, Virginia 23219

 

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Charlotte Gomer, Press Secretary
Phone: (804)786-1022 
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DRUG TAKEBACK DAY EVENTS TO BE HELD ACROSS HAMPTON ROADS

~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 Hampton Roads, 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:

 

NORFOLK STATE UNIVERSITY POLICE DEPARTMENT

NORFOLK STATE UNIVERSITY PD
LOBBY AREA

2501 CORPREW AVE

NORFOLK

VA, 23504

NORFOLK POLICE DEPARTMENT

NORFOLK POLICE 3RD DIVISION
FRONT ENTRANCE

901 ASBURY AVENUE

NORFOLK

VA, 23513

NORFOLK POLICE DEPARTMENT

NORFOLK POLICE OPERATIONS CENTER
FRONT ENTRANCE

3661 E. VIRGINIA BEACH BLVD

NORFOLK

VA, 23502

NORFOLK POLICE DEPARTMENT

NORFOLK POLICE TRAINING CENTER
FRONT ENTRANCE

2500 N. MILITARY HWY

NORFOLK

VA, 23502

PORTSMOUTH POLICE DEPARTMENT

PORTSMOUTH POLICE DEPARTMENT HEADQUARTERS

801 WATER ST

PORTSMOUTH

VA, 23704

CHESAPEAKE POLICE DEPARTMENT

CHESAPEAKE POLICE 2ND PRECINCT

1209 20TH STREET

CHESAPEAKE

VA, 23324

PORTSMOUTH POLICE DEPARTMENT

PORTSMOUTH FIRE STATION #3
FRONT DOOR

4001 RIVERSHORE ROAD

PORTSMOUTH

VA, 23703

PORTSMOUTH POLICE DEPARTMENT

PORTSMOUTH SAFETY TOWN
OUTSIDE FRONT DOOR

4404 DEEP CREEK BLVD

PORTSMOUTH

VA, 23702

VIRGINIA STATE POLICE

VIRGINIA STATE POLICE - AREA 47 STATION
POC: SGT ANDREA FISCHER

1557 S. MILITARY HIGHWAY

CHESAPEAKE

VA, 23320

VIRGINIA BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT

WALMART

4821 VIRGINIA BEACH BLVD

VIRGINIA BEACH

VA, 23462

VIRGINIA BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT

WEGMANS

4721 VIRGINIA BEACH BLVD

VIRGINIA BEACH

VA, 23462

CHESAPEAKE POLICE DEPARTMENT

CHESAPEAKE POLICE 3RD PRECINCT

949 NORTH GEORGE WASHINGTON HIGHWAY

CHESAPEAKE

VA, 23323

CHESAPEAKE POLICE DEPARTMENT

CHESAPEAKE POLICE 4TH PRECINCT

4764 STATION HOUSE ROAD

CHESAPEAKE

VA, 23321

CHESAPEAKE POLICE DEPARTMENT

WALMART NEIGHBORHOOD MARKET

475 KEMPSVILLE ROAD

CHESAPEAKE

VA, 23320

HAMPTON SHERIFF'S OFFICE

HAMPTON SHERIFF'S OFFICE
CARMEL CENTER

136 KINGS WAY

HAMPTON

VA, 23669

VIRGINIA BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT

KROGER MARKETPLACE

3901 HOLLAND ROAD

VIRGINIA BEACH

VA, 23452

NEWPORT NEWS POLICE DEPARTMENT

NEWPORT NEWS PD SOUTH PRECINCT

3303 JEFFERSON AVENUE

NEWPORT NEWS

VA, 23607

VIRGINIA BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT

WALMART
SALEM'S CROSSING SHOPPING CENTER

2021 LYNNHAVEN PARKWAY

VIRGINIA BEACH

VA, 23456

CHESAPEAKE POLICE DEPARTMENT

GRASSFIELD WALMART SUPERCENTER

632 GRASSFIELD PARKWAY

CHESAPEAKE

VA, 23322

CHESAPEAKE SHERIFF'S OFFICE

CHESAPEAKE SHERIFF'S OFFICE
ADMIN BUILDING ACROSS FROM CORRECTIONAL CENTER

401 ALBEMARLE DRIVE

CHESAPEAKE

VA, 23322

VIRGINIA BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT

WALMART

657 PHOENIX DRIVE

VIRGINIA BEACH

VA, 23452

HAMPTON POLICE DIVISION

SENTARA CAREPLEX HOSPITAL
NEAR EMERGENCY ROOM ENTRANCE

3000 COLISEUM DRIVE

HAMPTON

VA, 23666

CHESAPEAKE POLICE DEPARTMENT

HILLCREST WALMART SUPERCENTER

201 HILLCREST PKWY

CHESAPEAKE

VA, 23322

POQUOSON POLICE DEPARTMENT

POQUOSON COMPOUNDING AND GIFTS

498 WYTHE CREEK RD

POQUOSON

VA, 23662

NEWPORT NEWS POLICE DEPARTMENT

SENTARA PORT WARWICK
AT THE EMERGENCY ROOM ENTRANCE

1031 LOFTIS BLVD.

NEWPORT NEWS

VA, 23606

YORK-POQUOSON SHERIFF'S OFFICE

YORK-POQUOSON SHERIFF'S OFFICE
D.A.R.E. OFFICE NEXT TO SUBWAY

5338-D GEORGE WASHINGTON MEMORIAL HWY

YORKTOWN

VA, 23692

NEWPORT NEWS POLICE DEPARTMENT

NEWPORT NEWS PD NORTH PRECINCT
LOT BETWEEN POLICE AND FIRE DEPARTMENTS

368 DESHAZOR DRIVE

NEWPORT NEWS

VA, 23608

GLOUCESTER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

KROGER PHARMACY
INSIDE

7254 HAYES SHOPPING CENTER

HAYES

VA, 23072

WILLIAMSBURG POLICE DEPARTMENT

WILLIAMSBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT

WILLIAMSBURG FIRE DEPARTMENT440 N BOUNDARY STREET

WILLIAMSBURG

VA, 23185

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NORTHAMPTON COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
FRONT LOBBY

5211 THE HORNES

EASTVILLE

VA, 23347

CURRITUCK COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

CURRITUCK FAMILY YMCA

130 COMMUNITY WAY

BARCO

NC, 27917

GLOUCESTER COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

WALMART PHARMACY
INSIDE

6819 WALTONS LANE

GLOUCESTER

VA, 23061

FRANKLIN (CITY OF) POLICE DEPARTMENT

WALMART

100 COUNCIL DRIVE

FRANKLIN

VA, 23851

JAMES CITY COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT

JAMES CITY COUNTY POLICE DEPARTMENT
LAW ENFORCEMENT CENTER

4600 OPPORTUNITY WAY

WILLIAMSBURG

VA, 23188

KING AND QUEEN SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NICK'S RESTAURANT
SIDE PARKING LOT

3483 LEWIS B. PULLER HWY

SHACKLEFORDS

VA, 23156

NEW KENT COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE

NEW KENT SHERIFF'S OFFICE

11995 COURTHOUSE CIRCLE

NEW KENT

VA, 23124

 

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