Law Enfocement Agencies Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs

April 23, 2012

The Albemarle County Police Department, City of Charlottesville Police Department and Louisa County Sheriff's Office are partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to accept unwanted prescription medications on Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Residents wanting to rid their homes of the potentially potentially dangerous expired, unused or drugs can bring them to the following places for disposal:

- Albemarle County Police Department

- Charlottesville Police Department

- Martha Jefferson Outpatient Care Center

- Food Lion, Main Street, Louisa

- Food Lion, Kentucky Springs Road, Mineral

- Walmart, Camp Creek Pkwy., Gordonsville (Zion Crossroads)

The service is free and anonymous.

Four days after the first Take-Back event in September 2010, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an "ultimate user" of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them.

Last April, Americans turned in 376,593 pounds-188 tons-of prescription drugs at nearly 5,400 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,000 state and local law enforcement partners.

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