Kroger and Cardinal Health are hosting drug take-back events this Saturday at selected Kroger pharmacies in the Mid-Atlantic Division. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain in the original container with the cap tightly sealed.
Williamsburg Police and the Williamsburg-James City County Sheriff's Office report collecting 228 pounds of prescription drugs during the last drug take back event this past October. They will not accept any needles & sharps, mercury, oxygen containers, chemo/radiation substances, pressurized canisters, or illicit drugs.
Residents will be able to discard their unwanted and expired prescription medications at seven Cecil County locations Saturday during the biannual National Drug Take Back Day.
For more information, contact Capt. Mark Johnson at 353-8550.
The motto this year is "If you don't properly dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs in your home, they might find a new one".
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Drop off is free and anonymous. Medicines that sit in medicine cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse, including overdoses and accidental poisonings.
46,000 people a year die from drug overdoses and more than half of those die from prescription opioid overdoses.
"Educating the public and removing these medications from households across the Unites States prevents misuse where it often starts".
Kroger pharmacy associates also will provide the option to safely dispose of unwanted prescription drug medications at home with the use of DisposeRx. Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment. That is nearly six tons more than was collected at last spring's event.