Dispose of old meds at take-back event

Posted: April 25, 2013

The Winchester Star

WINCHESTER — Got drugs?

Area law enforcement agencies and the federal Drug Enforcement Administration are offering residents the opportunity to dispose of unwanted or unused prescription medication Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of National Drug Take Back Day.

There will be five sites in Winchester and Frederick County and one in Clarke County where residents can take unused and unwanted prescription drugs for a proper and safe disposal.

The city and Frederick sites are:

Winchester Elks Lodge, 466 Front Royal Pike, Frederick County.

Martin’s Food Store, 200 Rivendell Court, Frederick County.

Martin’s Food Store, 240 Elizabeth Drive, near Stephens City.

Frederick County/Winchester Joint Judicial Center, 5 N. Kent St., Winchester.

Rotz Pharmacy, 1338 Amherst St., Winchester.

The Clarke County Sheriff’s Office, along with the VFW Post 9760 Women’s Auxiliary, will collect medications for disposal at the VFW Post 9760, 425 S. Buckmarsh St., Berryville.

“This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue,” Sgt. Travis Sumption of the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office stated in a media release. “The medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.”

Last April, more than 244 tons of prescription drugs were turned in at more than 5,200 sites operated by nearly 4,300 state and local law enforcement agencies across the nation.

In its five previous Take Back events combined, the Drug Enforcement Administration and its partners took in more than 2 million pounds of prescription drugs.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet, according to a Winchester and Frederick County Sheriff’s Office media release.

The program also is part of an effort to keep the drugs out of Virginia’s lakes and streams.

The service is free and anonymous.

— Contact Melissa Boughton at mboughton@winchesterstar.com