Working together to
prevent and reduce substance abuse
in Chesterfield County
Don’t be an accidental drug dealer…
61% of people ages 12 and older who misuse prescription pain relievers get them from a friend or family member. Visit chesterfield.gov/health/ to find out where you can get a free drug-deactivation pouch to safely dispose of your prescription medications.
Richmond Family Magazine – Communities in Crisis
Imagine the problems of a typical suburban teen: Calculus test? Girlfriend issues? Not sure what to wear to prom?
Most people don’t picture heroin addiction.
I would say that we’re just a normal family,” said Henrico County mom Jenny Derr. “I was room parent for my kids, on the PTA board, and we sat down and ate dinner together every night.”
But the model family was shattered when they learned their son, Billy, a popular student at Mills Godwin High School, was addicted to drugs. After struggling for several years to stay sober and kick the addiction, Billy passed away from an overdose on April 12, 2016.
Billy Derr’s addiction wasn’t an isolated problem.
“Just a few weeks into my term, I learned what too many parents already know: We have a (prescription opioid) problem,” Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring told a group of concerned citizens at an event at Godwin. “There is no typical heroin or opioid abuser. It can touch every one of us. The numbers don’t seem real, they’re so large.” READ MORE
Over 459 lbs of unwanted or unused medication was collected from 115 drop offs at the March 14th medication take back event!
Thank you to the Chesterfield County Police Department, Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office, Medical Reserve Corps volunteers and everyone in the community who came out to make this a successful event.
A Safe Medication Disposal Kiosk is available at Walgreens Pharmacy
4201 Meadowdale Blvd.
North Chesterfield, VA 23234
Open 24 hours