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Oct 26

Turn in Used or Expired Prescription Drugs for Safe Disposal

Posted on October 26, 2017 at 9:08 AM by Communications Department

Take a look in your medicine cabinet and you likely will find at least one container of unwanted or expired medication in need of disposal. Unused medications can be accidently ingested, stolen, misused and abused. 

10-26 drug takeback dayGet rid of unwanted medication safely at the National Drug Take Back Day this Saturday, October 28, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The Newport News Police Department along with the Drug Enforcement Administration will be collecting potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction. Newport News Police Department precincts are serving as the collection points. 

  • South Precinct, 3303 Jefferson Avenue
  • Central Precinct, 611 Dresden Drive
  • North Precinct, 368 DeShazor Drive

Why can’t you just flush unused medications? For about 1.6 million people in Hampton Roads, what you flush down your toilet or wash down your drains, ends up at a HRSD wastewater treatment plant. A treatment plant cannot remove medication from wastewater. When medications are poured down the sink or flushed down the toilet, they can contaminate the environment and aquatic life as the treated wastewater is discharged back into our waterways. 

If you are unable to participate in the Drug Take Back Day and you have medications to throw away, please follow the steps recommended by the Virginia Department of Environmental Quality’s Disposal of Home Pharmaceuticals.