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April 22, 2021

Drug take-back event Saturday in Warrenton

The collection will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
A special event Saturday, April 24, will make it easy for local people to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Fauquier County Sheriff’s Office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will collect those medications in Warrenton.

As part of the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, the event will take place at the sheriff’s office at 78 W. Lee St.

The sites cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps — only pills or patches.

“The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked,” sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Lewis said in a press release.

The collection event will follow local COVID-19 guidelines.

“This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue,” Sgt. Lewis said. “Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.”

The U.S. also has 11,000 authorized collectors — including some pharmacies — available all year long. For more information, visit DEA’s year-round collection site locator.

DEA TakeBack Spring2021 by Fauquier Now

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