On Saturday, April 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Goochland County Sheriff’s Office and Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public the opportunity to dispose of expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs at two locations.
During this opportunity, the DEA cannot accept liquids, needles, or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Goochland County and the Rural Substance Abuse Awareness Coalition (RSAAC) urges the public to prevent pill abuse and theft by disposing of prescription drugs at the following locations in Goochland County or our neighboring localities.
Goochland County (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
Fire-Rescue Station #5 - Courthouse
2710 Fairground Road
Goochland, VA 23063
West Creek Emergency Center
12720 Tuckahoe Creek Court
Richmond, VA 23238
Powhatan County (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
Powhatan County Courthouse
3880 Old Buckingham Road
Powhatan, VA 23139
Louisa County (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
Louisa County Sheriff's Office
1 Woolfolk Avenue
Louisa, VA 23093
Fluvanna County (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
28 Abby Road
Palmyra, VA 22963
Henrico County (10 a.m. - 2 p.m.)
Henrico Training Center (entrance on Shrader Road)
7721 E. Parham Road
Henrico, VA 23294
Last October, Goochland County collection sites received 199 pounds in 4 hours, and The Commonwealth of Virginia received 23,720 pounds of prescription drugs at statewide sites.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish 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 advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 29th Take Back Day event, visit the link below to the DEA Diversion website or contact the Goochland County Sheriff's Office at (804) 556-5349.