Southwest, central Virginia authorities collect 950+ pounds of medications on Drug Take Back Day

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(Photo: Courtesy City of Salem Police Department Facebook)

(WFXR) — Law enforcement agencies and community organizations across southwest and central Virginia collected at least 954 pounds of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription medications on Saturday as part of National Drug Take Back Day.

Out of all the law enforcement agencies that reported their Drug Take Back Day totals as of this writing, the Salem Police Department saw the highest amount

According to the department, officers collected 453 pounds of drugs — enough to fill 22 large trash bags — just at the West Salem location on Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Roanoke Police Department says that approximately 286 pounds of unused and expired medications were turned in on Saturday for safe disposal.

If you missed Saturday’s Drug Take Back Day events in the Roanoke Valley, you can find permanent drop-box locations by clicking here.

The Alleghany County Sheriff’s Office — which partnered with the Covington Police Department and LewisGale Hospital Alleghany — also received more than 200 pounds of unwanted medications during Saturday’s event.

More specifically, the drug collection sites at the Walmart in Covington and the CVS in Clifton Forge took in just over 215 pounds of meds, the sheriff’s office says.

The Danville Police Department did not disclose exactly how many pounds of prescription drugs they collected at Centra’s Danville facility on Saturday, but they did post a picture on Facebook of five large plastic bags filled with medicine bottles.

LewisGale Regional Health System also held its third annual “Crush the Crisis” drug take-back event on Saturday, taking in more than 620 pounds of medications for disposal at their locations in Covington — which was mentioned above — as well as Cave Spring, Blacksburg, and Pulaski.

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