On Saturday, October 22, 2016 the Woodbridge Police Department, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will once again give the public an opportunity to prevent prescription pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. This program was successfully conducted at the Woodbridge Police Department last year during which time a total of 74.5 pounds of unwanted pharmaceuticals were collected and turned over to the D.E.A. for destruction.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, residents are advised that common methods for disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet or discarding them in the trash – both pose potential safety and health hazards.
Bring your pills for disposal to the front lobby of the Woodbridge Police Department at 4 Meetinghouse Lane, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Needles, liquids, or sharps cannot be accepted, only pills or patches.
This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.