County residents have a way to safely get rid of expired and unused prescriptions.
Several organizations are accepting tablets and capsules during a drug take-back day event on October 27.
The Prince William County Police Department (PWCPD), the Manassas City Police Department, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are participating in the collection, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., according to a release.
Citizens can bring medication to Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center in Manassas, Novant Health UVA Health System Haymarket Medical Center, or the Charlie T. Deane Central District Station — also known as the Central District Police Station — in Woodbridge.
Discarding prescriptions safely can help officials prevent drug abuse and overdoses.
Individuals can retrieve and use or illegally sell medication that’s thrown away, according to the DEA.
Meanwhile, prescriptions that are flushed down a toilet can negatively impact water sources.
Officials won’t be accepting needles, medication that’s injected, and illegal drugs during the event.
Community members interested in turning in prescriptions can protect their privacy by removing labels or using a marker to blacken them.
To learn more information, contact the Prince William County Crime Prevention Unit at 703-792-7270.
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