National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative

Leslie Hanson
April 22, 2018

Disposed drugs may be in or out of a container, but needles are not permitted.

"The Take Back programs offer a safe, simple and anonymous way to keep risky prescription drugs off the streets", Assistant Chief Rodney Williams said in a press release.

If an original container is submitted, all identifying information should be removed from the prescription label.

The police department is open 24 hours a day, year-round.

The collection events are part of a nationwide effort to safely dispose of leftover medications to prevent accidental or intentional misuse. Nationally, The DEA recorded a record-setting 912,305 pounds - 456 tons - of potentially risky unwanted medications at more than 5,300 collection sites. Everyone is invited to bring in expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for safe disposal, no questions asked.

"Prescription drug abuse continues to be a substantial problem in the US and in the Commonwealth", said Dr. Brooke Rossheim, director of the Rappahannock Area Health District, in the news release. The Bourbon Police Department will hold a drug take back at Paramount Apparel, located at #1 Paramount Drive.

Medications that languish in home medicine cabinets, kitchen drawers and nightstands "are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse".

"Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from medicine cabinets".

In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines - flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash - both pose potential safety and health hazards to humans and to our natural resources.

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