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MEDICATION COLLECTION UNIT INSTALLED AT POLICE HEADQUARTERS – AVAILABLE 24/7
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA – A MedReturn Drug Collection Unit has been installed in the lobby of Chesterfield County Police headquarters at 10001 Iron Bridge Road.
The unit was donated to the police department by Substance Abuse Free Environment, Inc., (SAFE), the substance abuse prevention coalition serving Chesterfield County. The collection unit will give residents a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired prescription and over-the-counter medications. Needles, syringes and other “sharps” will not be accepted.
“Our department, in partnership with SAFE and other agencies, has hosted medication take-backs regularly since 2010,” said Col. Jeffrey S. Katz, chief of police. “At those events, we have collected over 22,500 pounds of medication. This drug collection unit will allow residents to dispose of unused medications between scheduled medication take-backs.
“Like communities across the country, Chesterfield County is grappling with the devastating impacts of addiction. We continuously work, both internally and with other groups, to reduce the negative consequences of addiction through prevention, education, outreach, and enforcement. The installation of this drug collection unit is part of that ongoing effort.”
“Chesterfield County Police Department and SAFE have been partners in substance abuse prevention for many years,” said Regina Whitsett, executive director of SAFE. “We are pleased to donate this MedReturn Drug Collection safe to their agency.
“More than 61 percent of youth who used prescription drugs not prescribed to them say they found them in the home, according to the 2016 Community Youth and Young Adult surveys. Reducing the availability of drugs is critical for the protection of our youth. Having a drop box permanently located in the community will decrease youth access to unused prescription medications.”
The lobby of police headquarters is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
Authorized by: Maj. Brad Badgerow, Operational Support Bureau. For more information, please contact Public Information Coordinator Elizabeth Caroon at 804-796-7032 or SAFE Executive Director Regina Whitsett at 804-694-7794.
A Safe Medication Disposal Kiosk is also available at Walgreens Pharmacy locations:
4201 Meadowdale Blvd.
North Chesterfield, VA 23234
6851 Temie Lee Pkwy
Midlothian, VA 23112
A Safe Medication Disposal Kiosk is also available at CVS Pharmacy locations:
13800 Hull Street Road
8121 Midlothian Turnpike
64oo Iron Bridge Road
We are asking individuals between the ages of 18-25 years to share their opinions about alcohol, prescription drug misuse and heroin use. The survey will also evaluate the change in drinking behaviors and patterns after the viewing of the SAFE Roadways in Chesterfield County media campaign “#HoldtheKeys”. This survey is completely anonymous, and will be used to help inform prevention efforts in our community. The survey is 35 questions long and it should take about 10-15 minutes to complete.
The survey link is: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/YAS-2018
**We also have a Spanish-language survey available at https://es.surveymonkey.com/r/SAFELatino2018
At the end of the survey (both English and Spanish surveys), participants will be able to enter a drawing for one of three prize packs, all of which include Chick-fil-A gift cards, wireless speakers, pool floaties, yard games, assorted other fun and outdoor items and gift certificates for a dozen Sugar Shack donuts, rock climbing, laser tag and ice skating. Three random winners per survey will be chosen and announced by August 31st. They will be announced via Facebook and altered individually via the provided email address.
The next Medication Take-Back Event will be held at the Eanes-Pittman Public Safety Training Center on July 28, 2018. Stop by between 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. to drop off any unwanted medication for safe disposal to prevent drug abuse and protect our environment!
Please save the date for the Community Coalitions of Virginia (CCoVA) 2018 State Summit! The 2018 CCoVA State Summit is titled “The Power of Community Collaboration to Impact Substance Abuse” and will focus on substance abuse prevention, treatment and recovery strategies being successfully implemented throughout the state. SAFE will co-present a workshop about collaboration through our opioid and heroin prevention taskforce. Chesterfield County Sheriff Karl Leonard will present about the highly recognized Heroin Addiction Recovery Program (HARP) that’s helping inmates recover at our local jail. Please save the date and plan to attend!
Visit the Community Coalitions of Virginia Webpage for more information!
The Office of National Drug Control Policy—the people who work to reduce drug use and increase access to prevention, treatment and recovery services on a federal level and evaluate, coordinate, and oversee international and U.S. anti-drug efforts, and the Ad Council—the people working to improve public life have partnered with the Truth campaign to speak the facts and share resources to end the opioid epidemic. Watch Kyle’s true story of his opioid use disorder.