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County Police Partner with Martha Jefferson for Prescription Drug Take-Back Initiative

On Saturday, April 27, 2013, the Albemarle County Police Department, in conjunction with Martha Jefferson Hospital, will take part in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative. Drop off expired, unwanted or unused prescription drugs on Saturday, April 27 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. at the following locations:  the Albemarle County Police Department on 5th Street, Martha Jefferson Hospital Outpatient Center on Pantops and the new Martha Jefferson Hospital ER on Profitt Road.

Controlled, non-controlled and over the counter substances can be collected.  The program is anonymous and the identity of the individuals and the drugs collected will not be released, rather sent to the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) to be destroyed.  A law enforcement officer will be with the distribution boxes at all times.

The DEA sponsors the Take Back Initiative and last April, citizens turned in a record-breaking 552,161 pounds (276 tons) of unwanted or expired medications at the 5,659 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states and U.S. territories.  In Virginia, 16,899.2 pounds were collected.  In Albemarle County, we collected 330.3 pounds at the police department and 331.0 pounds at the Martha Jefferson Hospital Outpatient Care Center. 

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