Local law enforcement agencies hosting prescription medication drop-off events on October 23

Virginia Beach
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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Wegmans Food Markets is partnering with local law enforcement agencies across several states to host community prescription medication drop-off events.

The event is slated for Saturday, October 23. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The drop-off event will give community members the opportunity to remove potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs from their homes.

The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked. 54 Wegman locations across seven states are expected to participate in the event. This includes locations in Virginia (e.g. Virginia Beach, Charlottesville, Fredericksburg, Midlothian, Short Pump).

Only pills and patches will be accepted – no liquids, needles, or sharps.

Prescription medications play an important role in the health of millions of Americans, but unused and expired medications that remain in homes can pose significant public health and safety concerns due to their high susceptibility to diversion, misuse, and abuse.

Only pills and patches will be accepted – no liquids, needles, or sharps.

To find the nearest Wegmans location near you, click here.

Other Local Drug Takeback Events

Hampton

You can dispose of your unwanted prescription drugs on Oct. 23 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the Hampton Sheriff’s Office Carmel Center parking lot at 136 Kings Way. The drive-thru event is part of the nationwide effort by the DEA to prevent pill abuse.

Gloucester

The Gloucester Sheriff’s Office (GCSO) will be at the Gloucester Walmart on October 23, 2021 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to collect over-the-counter and/or prescription drugs (expired / unwanted) from the community. A deputy will collect the medicine from the public and stow it in provided containers, which will later be turned over to the area DEA Office for destruction. This is an annual event wherein GCSO partners with the DEA’s “Drug Take Back Initiative” to help prevent improper disposal of medications at home.

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