|Prince William Hospital and Heathcote Health Center Are Drop-Off Sites for Unwanted Prescription Drugs|
Prescription Drug Take Back Day Is April
On April 28 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Prince William Hospital in
Manassas and Heathcote Health Center in Haymarket are participating in
Prescription Drug Take Back Day as drop-off sites. In partnership with the Drug
Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Manassas City Police and the Prince
William County Police, the public will have an opportunity to prevent pill abuse
and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and
unwanted prescription drugs.
Medications may be brought for disposal to
Prince William Hospital at 8700 Sudley Road in Manassas or Heathcote Health
Center at 15195 Heathcote Boulevard in Haymarket. Potomac Mills Mall in
Woodbridge will also be a drop-off site. The service is free and anonymous.
Liquids, syringes, chemotherapy drugs, or illegal substances will not be
accepted at either site.
According to the DEA, last October, Americans
turned in 377,080 pounds of prescription drugs at more than 5,300 sites operated
by the DEA and nearly 4,000 state and local law enforcement partners.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.
Medicines that are no longer needed and remain in homes are highly susceptible
to misuse and abuse. In addition flushing medications down the toilet or
throwing them in the trash to dispose of them pose potential health and safety
hazards, such as entering our water supply.
Prince William Hospital and
Healthcote Health Center can only accept medications from the public on
specified Drug Take Back Days.