York County drug collection event set for Saturday

Citizens with drugs to dispose of can take advantage of York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office's drug collection event on Oct. 22.

The event provides a chance for residents to turn in unwanted or expired prescription pill and patch medications to authorities to prevent abuse or theft of the medications. The service is free and participants remain anonymous, according to a York-Poquoson Sheriff's Office news release. 

The event doesn't accept needles, liquids or sharps, the release states. Sharps are medical instruments used to lacerate or puncture skin.

The sheriff's office will also offer free document shredding and collect non-perishable canned or boxed food donations to give to the Peninsula Food Bank, according to the release.

Similar collection events take place in James City County and Williamsburg on the same day.

In James City County, only prescription medication in tablet or capsule form will be accepted, according to a county news release.

In Williamsburg, prescription and over-the-counter medications will be accepted, as will liquids in sealed containers, according to a Williamsburg Police Department news release.

Neither event features a shredding service or food drive, but the city event will have flu shots available. Both events are free and participants remain anonymous.

All three events are part of the National Take-Back Initiative sponsored by the Department of Justice and DEA. The program seeks to provide a safe avenue for people to dispose of unwanted drugs, rather than flush them down the toilet or throw them in the trash, both of which pose health and safety problems, according to a James City County news release.

For more information about the sheriff's office's event, call 757-890-3273. For additional information about the shredding service and food drive, call the Waste Management Center at 757-890-3780.

Want to go?

When: 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Oct. 22.

Where: 5338D George Washington Memorial Highway, York-Poquoson DARE Office.

Jacobs can be reached by phone at 757-298-6007.

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