National Drug Take Back Day Is Saturday

It's a Way to Dispose of Unused Medication

October 23, 2019 - 2:47 pm

(Richmond, Va.) -- If you have some expired medication or pills that you don't need anymore, this Saturday is the time to get rid of them. Many places around the Richmond area will be participating in the Drug Enforcement Agency's National Drug Take Back Day, which is an opportunity for you to dispose of prescription drugs.

Expired and unused prescription drugs are a public safety issue that can lead to accidental poisoning, overdose, abuse and illegal sales. 

You are also advised against flushing prescriptions down the toilet and into the sewer system for environmental reasons. 

The Richmond Police Department is one of the local agencies holding an event. Amy Vu with the Richmond Police Department says they will be partnering with  the Wal-Mart Superstore on Sheila Lane for a drug take back event from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday. That store is located on Forest Hill and Chippenham Parkway. 

All prescription medicine will be incinerated during the event. You are asked not to bring syringes or illegal narcotics. Medical waste or bulk commercial medications will also not be accepted.

If you do not live near the Wal-Mart on Sheila Lane in the city of Richmond, you can find a drug take back event near you here.