Saturday, September 23, 2023

Here are the places in Hampton and Newport News you can drop off expired prescription meds

According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.2 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday is an attempt by the Drug Enforcement Administration to address this public safety and public health issue by hosting two days a year where people can drop off their prescriptions anonymously for proper disposal.

This is a free event for the community to drop off any expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications with no questions asked.

The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches.

After the medication is collected, the drugs are taken to an incinerator plant and then burned, local law enforcement officials said.

In April 2018 there were a total of 949,046 pounds collected at 5,842 sites nationwide with 4,683 total law enforcement participants.

Here are the local drop-off locations:


The Hampton Police Division will have one drop-off location running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

They ask that you bring your prescriptions for disposal to the Emergency Room Entrance of the Sentara CarePlex Hospital, 3000 Coliseum Drive.

Last year the Hampton PD collected 264.4 pounds in prescription medications, officials said.

Newport News

The Newport News Police Department will have three drop-off locations running from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

  • Newport News Police Department
    South Precinct
    3303 Jefferson Ave.
  • Sentara at Port Warwick
    (Emergency Room entrance)
    1031 Loftis Blvd.
  • News Police Department
    North Precinct
    368 Deshazor Drive
    (Lot between Police and Fire Departments)

Newport News has participated in the drug take-back day in previous years. In May of 2017 police collected 389 pounds, in October 2017 they collected 204 pounds and in April 2018 they collected 364 pounds, according to the NNPD.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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