I want everyone to mark their calendar for Saturday, October 24th. On this day, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. You can bring these medications for disposal to Eastside Community Enhancement Center located at 7301 Boydton Plank Road, North Dinwiddie. All types of pills are welcome, but the DEA cannot accept liquids, needles, or sharps, only pills, or patches. This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. At this event we will also accept your old e-cigarette or vaping devices. If you want to bring these, please make sure all batteries are removed. We will not accept devices with batteries.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that are left sitting around 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. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now being advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines, by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash can both pose potential safety and health hazards.
I ask that you protect yourself, friends, family and loved ones as well as our environment and bring all of those old and unused prescription medications out to Eastside Community Enhancement Center on Saturday October 24th. Deputies will be there to greet you at the curb in front of the Enhancement Center and there will be no need to exit your vehicle. Masks and other PPE will be utilized by deputies at this event for a safe environment to drop off your medications. Just pull up, drop off, and be on your way.
If for some reason, you are unable to make it to Eastside Enhancement Center on October 24th to drop off your old medications give us a call here at the Sheriff’s Office. You can bring your old and unused medications here to the Sheriff’s Office prior to or after the event and we will hold them securely here at the Sheriff’s Office until they can properly be disposed of with the DEA.
If you have any other questions please contact Sergeant Charlie Walker or Deputy Donna Rice at 804-469-4550. He will be glad to assist you in reference to this event.