The 10th Annual Prescription Drug Take-Back provides a safe way for people to dispose of unused and expired medications

Sentara, DEA, local police host drug take-back

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Do you have unused or expired prescription medications? Improper disposal of these medications can create a public safety issue, potentially leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse. So what is the proper way to dispose of them?

On Sept. 26, Sentara Lake Ridge will join with Prince William County Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for the 10th Annual Prescription Drug Take-Back, providing a safe way for people to dispose of their unused and expired medications. Sentara Lake Ridge, a state-of-the art ambulatory campus offering advanced imaging, lab services and 24-hour emergency care, will serve as a collection site. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

“At Sentara, we are committed to the wellness and safety of our community, and we are pleased to participate once again in the DEA’s Annual Prescription Drug Take-Back.” said Dynette Rombough, director of emergency services for Sentara Healthcare in Northern Virginia.

During this initiative, prescription and over the counter solid dosage medications (e.g. tablets and capsules) will be accepted. Intravenous solutions, injectables and needles will not be accepted. Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine will also not be accepted during National Take-Back Day. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

This nationwide prescription drug Take-Back initiative seeks to prevent pill abuse and theft. According to the Prince William County Police Department, last September more than 1,080 pounds of expired prescription drugs and other medicines were collected in our county during the DEA’s fall “Take-Back” initiative.

For more information on this program, including updates on collection sites, visit http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html. You can enter your ZIP code to find the collection site nearest you.