On Oct. 23, officers with the James City County Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will be at the James City County Law Enforcement Center at 4600 Opportunity Way from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction. The program is anonymous and no questions will be asked. Prescription solid dosage medications (i.e. tablets and capsules) will be accepted. Intra-venous solutions, liquid medications, over-the-counter medications, injectables, needles, or illicit substances will not be accepted. E-cigarettes and vaping devices will only be accepted if the batteries have been removed.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet.
The event will be set up like a drive-through, and attendees will not exit their vehicle.
Unable to attend on Oct. 23? Use the DEA search tool to locate a controlled substance public disposal location near you.
Stephanie Williams, Police Spokesperson