Last weekend’s Drug Take-Back Day brings over one ton of medications collected from Roanoke Valley residents

Roanoke Valley News
File: Drug takeback

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) – This past Saturday, the Roanoke Area Youth Substance Coalition (RAYSAC), the Western Virginia Water Authority, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and local law enforcement agencies partnered to collect unwanted and/or expired medication for safe destruction.

During the event, over 2,100 pounds of medications were collected from fifteen sites in the Roanoke Valley and over 4,300 pounds were collected from sites across their state division.

The Drug Take-Back Day is said to be vital to the public safety and public health of society as medications that are stored in cabinets are highly susceptible for diversion, misuse and abuse and the safe disposal of these medications is key for protecting the youth and the waterways.

Across the Roanoke Valley, there are still drop off boxes that are permanently in place for residents to properly dispose of unwanted or expired medication. Those drop boxes are located at the following areas:

  • DownHome Pharmacy, 671 Teresa Lane
  • Carilion Clinic, 2011 Crystal Spring Ave.; 3737 West Main St.; 3 Riverside Cir.
  • Roanoke Memorial Hospital
  • CVS Towers: 2001 Colonial Ave.
  • Main Street Pharmacy in New Castle
  • Roanoke County Sheriff’s Office, 401 East Main St. in Salem
  • Vinton Police Department, 311 South Pollard St.
  • Walgreen’s Drug Store, 4841 Williamson Rd. NW
  • Cundiff Drug Store in Vinton (COMING SOON)

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