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The James City County Police Department, Williamsburg Police and York County-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office have teamed up with the Drug Enforcement Administration to host separate prescription drug take back events for area residents Saturday.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, overdose deaths involving prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999, and so have sales of the prescription drugs. From 1999 to 2014, more than 165,000 people have died in the U.S. from overdoses related to prescription opioids.
Officials in Williamsburg, James City and York counties are working to fight the epidemic by hosting multiple “no questions asked” drug take back events.
According to a James City 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. Saturday.
The program is anonymous and no questions will be asked of those disposing medications, the release stated. 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 same rules will be in place at the York County and Williamsburg events.
According to a news release from the York-Poquoson Sheriff’s Office, the York-Poquoson D.A.R.E. Office, in partnership with the DEA will be collecting unused pills and/or patches from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the York-Poquoson D.A.R.E. Office, 5338D George Washington Memorial Highway, in the Washington Square Shopping Center.
The Williamsburg Police Department will also be participating in a drug take back initiative Saturday. Area residents are asked to bring medications to the Williamsburg Police Department at 425 Armistead Avenue in the City of Williamsburg between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Walgreens staff will also be on hand at the Williamsburg event to provide flu shots. The cost of the shot is covered by most insurance carriers.
According to the YPSO release, this is the 12th opportunity in six years that the DEA has partnered with local law enforcement officers to provide the service to the public. In addition to the drug take back event, York County will also host a food drive and shred event at the same location.
This post has been updated to include information on the WPD event.