Prescription Takeback Collects 600 lbs of Unwanted Medication

April 26, 2014

The Albemarle County Police Department joined forces with Martha Jefferson Hospital to help people get rid of old and unwanted medicine.

Across the commonwealth, it's Prescription Drop-off Day. Locally, more than 600 pounds of unwanted medication has been collected from more than 250 cars that passed through the drop-off at the hospital.

The program is anonymous. The identity of the individuals and drugs collected is not released.

Organizers say the event is a perfect way to help the community safely get rid of unwanted medication.

"You want to get your medications out of your medicine cabinet so the children don't have a chance to get ahold of them," said Jacklene Martin, Martha Jefferson's director of community benefit. "Also, some people flush them, which is what you should not do with unused medications because it can get into our waterways."

The Drug Enforcement Administration sponsored the event and disposes the drugs afterward.

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