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.
"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.
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.
Drug disposal units can be found at the following Virginia CVS locations:
3117 Lockheed Blvd.
7205 Little River Turnpike
3133 Lee Highway
5652 Pickwick Rd.
1329 Kempsville Rd.
1610 Main St.
13031 Lee-Jackson Highway
8124 Arlington Blvd., Yorktown Center
709 E. Main St.
591 Jefferson Davis Highway
10901 West Broad St.
2315 W. Mercury Blvd.
918 W. Mercury Blvd.
9200 Centreville Rd.
762 E. Church St.
7048 Mechanicsville Turnpike
13800 Hull Street Rd.
16641 Mountain Rd.
12755 Jefferson Ave.
972 E. Little Creek Rd.
5829 High St. West
2105 Academy Rd.
6400 Iron Bridge Rd.
5100 S. Laburnum Ave., Laburnum Square
8121 Midlothian Turnpike
2001 Colonial Ave. SW
18048 Jefferson Davis Highway
388 Garrisonville Rd.
2775 Godwin Blvd.
2232 General Booth Blvd.
510 Blackwell Rd.
13600 Jefferson Davis Highway
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