Provided by City of Manassas Police Department
On Oct. 28, 2017 from 10:00 a. m. to 2:00 p. m., Manassas City Police will be partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Prince William County Police to give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. The City of Manassas drop-off site will be at Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center, 8700 Sudley Rd., Manassas.
Look for our step-up in front of the Novant Health UVA Health System Hylton Family Women’s and Children’s Center Entrance, located on the east end of hospital complex facing Sudley Road.
In addition to disposing of old prescriptions properly at take-back events, consider the following safety tips for safely managing your prescriptions:
- When storing your prescriptions at home, keep them in a cool, dry place where children, pets and visitors cannot have access to them. Do not store your medicine where guests and other visitors can easily see them.
- Never broadcast the types of medicine that are prescribed to you, and be open to the fact that in some cases, even a member of your family or organization may be the one trying to steal your medication – for themselves or on behalf of someone else.
- Secure any narcotic medications such as oxycontin, vicodin or morphine in a locked cabinet to reduce the possibility of theft.
- If you must dispose of them from home, consider crushing pills and throwing them away with coffee grounds or kitty litter. Remove labels from prescription bottles or completely black out your information before burying them in a trash bag.
- Never leave empty prescription bottles in an open recycling bin. Someone might see the bottles, see them as evidence that you have new refills inside your home, and put you and your home at risk.
For more information, contact Sarah Maroney at (703) 257-8064.