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Multiple locations in Virginia announced for National Drug Take-Back Day

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RICHMOND (WSLS 10) - Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day and multiple locations were announced to help people dispose of unwanted pills.

The day, a partnership between the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and law enforcement partners across the nation, offers a safe, confidential way for anyone to get rid of unwanted prescription medications.

Drop-off locations will be set up around Virginia from 10:00 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. A list of locations appears below. To search for one in your area, visit: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/.

Attorney General Mark R. Herring said prescription opiate abuse is "a widely acknowledged gateway to opiate addiction, and can lead addicts to cheaper, more accessible, and more potent heroin and other street drugs."

Last year, Attorney General Herring announced a five-point plan to combat heroin and prescription opiate abuse in Virginia by creating and implementing partnerships and creative solutions for a complex problem.

In 2013, more than 420 Virginians died of misuse or overdose of opiates like hydrocodone, oxycodone, or methadone. National research shows that 6.5 million people abused prescription drugs in 2013, the majority of whom got their drugs from friends or family members, including the home medicine cabinet.

For more information about the drug take-back day, visit OAG's Drug Take-Back webpage http://www.oag.state.va.us/index.php/en/programs-initiatives/drug-take-back-program

The following locations will be accepting prescriptions in the Roanoke/Lynchburg areas:

  • Roanoke City Police Department Roanoke Civic Center parking lot a (corner of Williamson Rd & Orange Ave) 710 Williamson Road NE Roanoke Va., 24013
  • Roanoke County Sheriff's Office North County Fire and Rescue Station #1 front parking lot - public safety building 1 150 Hershberger Road Roanoke Va., 24019
  • Roanoke County Police Department Kroger at Valley Gateway parking lot of store 3970 Valley Gateway Blvd Roanoke Va., 24012
  • Roanoke County Police Department Kroger @ Tanglewood Mall front parking lot 4488 Electric Road Roanoke Va., 24018
  • Virginia state Police Virginia state Police Division VI hqs Sgt. Glenn Armstrong 3775 w. Main Street Salem Va., 24153
  • Salem Police Department super shoes front parking lot along Roadway 1830 w. Main Street Salem Va., 24153
  • Botetourt County Sheriff's Office Kroger front of store 72 Kingston Road Daleville Va., 24083
  • Vinton Police Department Kroger parking lot lakeside plaza 915 hardy Road Vinton Va., 24179
  • Franklin County Sheriff's Office Kroger parking lot 80 Westlake Road hardy Va., 24101
  • Rocky mount Police Department Walmart parking lot 550 old franklin turnpike Rocky Mount Va., 24151
  • Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Shawsville volunteer rescue squad parking lot near entrance 6620 Roanoke Road Shawsville Va., 24162
  • Bedford County Sheriff's Office Walmart parking lot (not at pharmacy) 1126 e. Lynchburg Salem Turnpike Bedford Va., 24523
  • Lynchburg Police Department Lynchburg Police Department 905 court Street Lynchburg Va., 24504
  • Bedford County Sheriff's Office Kroger left foyer entrance (not at pharmacy) 15069 forest Road forest Va., 24551