Take Back Drugs 2020

Northampton Sheriff’s Office taking back unwanted prescription drugs
Posted on 09/28/2020

DEA National Take Back Day

Northampton Sheriff’s Office taking back unwanted prescription drugs October 24 at 5211 The Hornes Eastville, Va. 23347

Eastville, Va. – On Saturday, October 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Northampton Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 19th opportunity in 10 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to Northampton Sheriff’s Office at 5211 The Hornes Eastville, Va. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last fall, Americans turned in nearly 883,000 pounds of prescription drugs at nearly 6,300 sites operated by the DEA and almost 5,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. DEA, along with its law enforcement partners, has now collected nearly 6,350 tons of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription medications since the inception of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative in 2010.

To keep everyone safe, collection sites will follow local COVID-19 guidelines and regulations.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. 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.

In addition to DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, there are many other ways to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs every day, including the 11,000 authorized collectors that are available all year long. For more information, visit DEA’s year- round collection site locator.

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 24 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website or contact Major Mike Smith with Northampton Sheriff’s Office at 757-678-0458.