'Prescription Drug Take-Back Day' event to be held at 8 locations in the valley

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - This Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, and valley residents are encouraged to turn in their unused or unwanted medications for safe disposal at eight area locations.

Convenient parking lot turn-in locations will be available on Saturday, September 26 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Roanoke Civic Center, the Super Shoes on Main Street in Salem, the Kroger parking lots at Tanglewood, Bonsack, Brambleton, Vinton (Hardy Road) and Daleville as well as the Hershberger Road Fire and Rescue Station #1.

Organizers say the public is invited to bring unused or unwanted medications to this free and anonymous event that seeks to prevent prescription pill abuse, theft and environmental concerns.

The event is a partnership between local law enforcement agencies, Roanoke Area Youth Substance Abuse Coalition (RAYSAC), the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration and the Western Virginia Water Authority.

This is the valley's 10th such take-back event. To date, over seven tons of prescription medications have been turned in by area citizens for proper disposal making our area one of the largest collection locations in the state.

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