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County, City Police Participate in National Take Back Initiative for Unwanted Prescription Drugs

The Albemarle County Police Department and the City of Charlottesville Police Department are partnering with the DEA to take part in the taking back of unwanted prescription drugs on April 28, 2012 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Drop off sites will be at the Albemarle County Police Department, Charlottesville Police Department and the Martha Jefferson Outpatient Care Center located at 595 Martha Jefferson Drive.

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.

If you have old prescription drugs, you are encouraged to come to one of these locations to drop off the drugs.  To help maintain the integrity of the process it is requested that all identifying information and labels are removed from prescription bottles prior to dropping them off.  There will be no questions asked of anyone that is turning over medicines.

Intra-venous solutions, injectibles and syringes will not be accepted due to the potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens.  Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative.

If you have any questions regarding this event you may contact the Albemarle County Police Department at 434-296-5807or the Charlottesville Police Department at 434-970-3280.

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