Prescription drug take-back day held across the Roanoke Valley, across the country Saturday

Roanoke Valley News

ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Saturday was “Prescription Drug Take-Back Day” across the country. Several agencies across central and southwest Virginia took part, including in the Roanoke Valley.

The event was held at multiple locations to help give people a safe and easy way to dispose of unwanted or expired medications.

It also helped to build awareness to the dangers of flushing medication or disposing of them by tossing them down the drain.

Despite cool and rainy weather, over 200 pounds of medication was collected in Roanoke alone.

Law enforcement in the City of Salem also saw a big turnout, with officers able to dispose of 434 pound of unused meds on Saturday.

In addition, the Lexington Police Department recovered six bags — weighing approximately 113 pounds — of expired, unused, or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications.

Meanwhile, deputies with the Roanoke County Sheriff’s Office collected more than 500 pounds of unused and unwanted prescriptions on Saturday. However, if you missing the event on Saturday, you can use the drop boxes at the Roanoke County Sheriff’s Officer or the Vinton Police Department.

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