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LEBANON, Va. -- On Saturday, April 27, citizens can help prevent prescription drug abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs and over-the-counter medications. Please bring these medications to any of the National Drug Take-Back events at the sites listed below. This service is free and anonymous; no questions asked.

These locations will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.:

  • Food City, 1135 Claypool Hill Mall Rd., Cedar Bluff;
  • Food City, Chase St., Clintwood;
  • Haysi Police Department, 322 Main St., Haysi; and 
  • 1st Assembly of God, 636 E. Riverside Dr., N. Tazewell.

This location will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

  • Food City, 159 Pittston Rd., Lebanon.

Last September, southwest Virginians safely disposed of more than 1,300 pounds of unwanted or expired medications at National Drug Take-Back events. Nationally, citizens turned in 488,395 pounds (244 tons) of prescription drugs at more than 5,263 sites operated by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and nearly 4,300 state and local law enforcement partners. 

Medicines in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs come from family members and friends, and often from the home medicine cabinet. And the formerly common practice of flushing unused medicines down the toilet or throwing them in the trash poses potential safety and health hazards.

Locally, National Drug Take-Back events are produced by the Virginia Department of Health, Southwest Virginia Medical Reserve Corps, DEA, K-VA-T Foods and Dickenson, Russell and Tazewell counties.

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