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Drug take-back events scheduled in Tazewell Co.

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LEBANON -- On Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, area citizens can safely dispose of unwanted, unused or expired prescription and non-prescription medications at several local National Drug Take-Back events. Many conscientious people do not wish to dispose of medications in sinks or toilets, as they know that measurable levels of many drugs now can be found in waterways and public water systems. Further, keeping unwanted or expired medications in the home makes these drugs potentially available to children, teens or others who may abuse or misuse them, contributing to the significant prescription drug abuse problem in southwest Virginia.

Please bring these medications to any of the National Drug Take-Back events at the sites listed below. This service is free; no questions asked.

  • Olde Virginia Pharmacy, 836 Fincastle Tpke., Tazewell, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and
  • Food City, 1135 Claypool Hill Mall Rd., Cedar Bluff, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Last April, Americans turned in 552,161 pounds - 276 tons - of prescription drugs at more than 5,600 sites operated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and nearly 4,300 state and local law enforcement partners. In its four previous Take-Back events, DEA and its partners took in more than 1.5 million pounds - nearly 775 tons - of pills. 

The local Take-Back events are produced by the Virginia Department of Health, Southwest Virginia Medical Reserve Corps, DEA and Tazewell County Sheriff's Office.

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