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Dispose of Unwanted Drugs on National Take-Back Prescription Drugs Day

The city will take unwanted and expired drugs at three locations on April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The and the are partnering with the Substance Abuse Coalition of Alexandria and the national Drug Enforcement Agency to collect unwanted prescription drugs.

On Saturday, April 28, the city will take expired, unused and unwanted drugs at three sites: on Wheeler Avenue, the  parking lot behind the store's Mount Vernon Avenue location and the on Callahan Drive.

The service, which will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is free, anonymous and no questions asked.

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are increasing at alarming rates, along with the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs, according to the Alexandria Police Department. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

Additionally, many Americans don't realize that flushing unused medicine down the toilet or throwing them away are potential safety and health hazards.

jeff April 23, 2012 at 10:40 PM
This is a huge problem in every community. Teens think that these pills are "medications" so they equate that with safety. Too many kids start sneaking the pills from mom and dad's medicine cabinet, then some of them turn to heroin when the expensive pills run dry. Parents can start fighting this problem by properly disposing of pills at these take back events. Teen addicts in treatment tell myteensavers that constant parental discussions help, along with home drug testing. You can't sniff for pill abuse like alcohol and marijuana. Teensavers Home Drug Test Kits can detect these benzos, barbiturates, oxys, and opiates before that experimentation turns into addiction.
Nat April 24, 2012 at 03:05 PM
Darn, have lots of expired pain medications that I would love to donate - however, I will be out of town, guess I'll continue to hold onto the pills. Suggest another day be added.
Maria Wasowski April 25, 2012 at 05:03 PM
The Neighborhood Pharmacy accepts unused medications year round.

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