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CVS launches Va. expansion of its safe medication disposal program

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA - On Thursday, CVS Health announced it is expanding its safe medication disposal program to select CVS Pharmacy locations in Virginia. 

Attorney General Mark Herring, Chesterfield County Deputy Chief of Police, Lt. Col. Dan Kelly, addiction specialist Dr. Peter Breslin and McShin Foundation CEO Honesty Brackett Liller attended the launch of the program. 

"This is an epidemic that has its roots as much in the medicine cabinet as it does in the street," said Herring. "It can happen in all kinds of ways. It could start as a simple as a sports injury. A dental surgery. A car accident." 

That's why there is an effort to get unneeded prescriptions out of the house and safely disposed of.

Virginians will now see drop-off boxes at 32 CVS locations in the Commonwealth. 

 

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"Everything we do is going to take a community-wide effort to turn this crisis around, and I really believe that properly disposing of excess medication will make it less likely that people will start an addiction," said Herring. "And that can save lives." 

Kelly said Chesterfield County has seen a sharp increase in overdoses beginning around 2012. The county started a medication take back program in 2010.

"Since then, we have had 49 take back events," he said. "From those 49 events, we have taken in over 22,500 pounds of unwanted, unused medicine from over 6,600 participants." 

Kelly said having drop-off units inside pharmacies will allow people to get rid of their pills year round. 

 

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Last year, police in Chesterfield County responded to 224 overdose calls. Forty-two people died. 

Kelly said, in addition to the drug take back events, Chesterfield has also created a larceny/heroin task force to help identify people who are stealing to fuel their addiction.

In March, officers started carrying the overdose drug naloxone. Kelly said they have administered it to eight people so far. One officer successfully administered it the same day training took place. 

 

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Drug disposal units can be found at the following Virginia CVS locations: 

Alexandria
3117 Lockheed Blvd.

Annandale
7205 Little River Turnpike

Arlington 
3133 Lee Highway

Centreville
5652 Pickwick Rd.

Chesapeake
1329 Kempsville Rd.

Clifton Forge
1610 Main St. 

Fairfax
13031 Lee-Jackson Highway

Falls Church
8124 Arlington Blvd., Yorktown Center

Floyd
709 E. Main St.

Fredericksburg
591 Jefferson Davis Highway

Glen Allen
10901 West Broad St. 

Hampton
2315 W. Mercury Blvd.

Hampton
918 W. Mercury Blvd. 

Manassas
9200 Centreville Rd.

Martinsville
762 E. Church St. 

Mechanicsville
7048 Mechanicsville Turnpike

Midlothian
13800 Hull Street Rd.

Montepellier
16641 Mountain Rd. 

Newport News
12755 Jefferson Ave.

Norfolk
972 E. Little Creek Rd.

Portsmouth
5829 High St. West

Powhatan
2105 Academy Rd.

Richmond
6400 Iron Bridge Rd. 

Richmond
5100 S. Laburnum Ave., Laburnum Square

Richmond
8121 Midlothian Turnpike

Roanoke
2001 Colonial Ave. SW

Ruther Glenn
18048 Jefferson Davis Highway

Stafford
388 Garrisonville Rd. 

Suffolk
2775 Godwin Blvd.

Virginia Beach
2232 General Booth Blvd.

Warrenton
510 Blackwell Rd. 

Woodbridge
13600 Jefferson Davis Highway 


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