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Posted on: December 17, 2015

[ARCHIVED] New drug-take-back program opens today

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Norfolk, VA – The Norfolk Police Department and the Norfolk Sheriff’s Office have partnered to help collect unwanted or expired prescription drugs with a new, permanent Drug-Take-Back Program.

Although the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Pharmaceutical Take-Back Day is a great one-time opportunity, it only provides a temporary solution to an ongoing need. In response to this need, Norfolk’s law enforcement developed a year-round program which offers ongoing access and a permanent solution for the safe disposal of unwanted and expired medicines. Additionally, disposal is provided at no cost and is completely anonymous.

The permanent Drug-Take-Back bin is now located inside the Public Safety Building at 811 E. City Hall Avenue and is available Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. to all private citizens. Doctors’ offices, hospitals, veterinary and pharmaceutical reps may not use the bin.

Cleaning out your medicine cabinets can not only save space, it may actually save a life! Medicines in the home are a leading cause of accidental poisoning and rates of prescription drug abuse are alarmingly high – over half of teens abusing medicines get them from a family member or friend, including the home medicine cabinet, and often without their knowledge.

Check out the Drug-Take-Back bin basics and help keep our communities safe:

• Open to all private citizens.
• Accepts all unwanted or expired prescription medicines.
• Both solid and liquid pharmaceuticals are accepted. Liquid containers must be secured and free from spillage/leakage prior to deposit.
• May dispose of medication in its original container, or remove the medication and deposit it directly into the bin.
• Special assistance is available for elderly or disabled citizens.
• Items not covered under new program:
o Ammunition
o Chemicals or Flammable Materials
o Illegal drugs (cocaine, heroin, marijuana, methamphetamine, etc.)
o Syringes/Needles
o Inappropriate or Dangerous Substances

Want to use the Drug-Take-Back bin, but still have questions? Contact the Norfolk Police Department’s Property and Evidence Division at 757-664-4148.

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