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Thursday, March 24, 2011

FYI: Information regarding upcoming local environmental and health event

The Blacksburg Police Department will be participating in a nationwide prescription drug “Take-Back” initiative that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft.  This is a collaborative effort with our department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to collect unused, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs.

The national event will take place on Saturday, April 30th, 2011, from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm.   Members of the Blacksburg Police Department and the DEA will be on hand, locally, at the Blacksburg Parks & Recreation Department’s Community Center located at 725 Patrick Henry Drive as a prescription drug collection site.

Many people are not aware that medicines left at home are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.  Prescription drug abuse in the United States is increasing at an alarming rate.  A majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. 

In addition, many do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicines, often discarding them
in the trash, down the drain or flushing them down the toilet - all potential safety and health hazards.  When disposed of in this manner, they end up at your local wastewater treatment facility, which may or may not have the ability to completely remove the medications and their byproducts during the treatment process.  This water is then released into local waterways and has the potential to harm fish and wildlife.  Pharmaceuticals and their byproducts have been detected in waterways and research is currently underway to understand their effect on the environment. (For more info, visit smarxtdisposal.net)

For more information about this initiative, call Blacksburg Police Department Community Outreach at (540) 961-1811 or visit www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html   Directions to the Community Center can be found on this site under “Collection Sites” as well as information on items that will NOT be accepted.

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