JCCPD to participate in prescription drug take-back initiative

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(Courtesy JCCPD)
(Courtesy JCCPD)

The James City County Police Department and Drug Enforcement Administration will be teaming up this month in an effort to dispose of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

According to a county news release, officers with the JCCPD and the DEA will be at the James City County Recreation Center at 5301 Longhill Road from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 22 collecting prescription drugs for destruction.

The program is anonymous and no questions will be asked of those disposing medications. Prescription solid dosage medications such as tablets and capsules will be accepted. Intra-venous solutions, over-the-counter medications, injectables and needles will not be accepted, nor will illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamines, the release stated.

According to the Centers for Disease Control, overdose deaths involving prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999, and so have sales of these prescription drugs. From 1999 to 2014, more than 165,000 people have died in the U.S. from overdoses related to prescription opioids

To learn more about the program visit the JCCPD website.