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Collection of unused drugs begins again

Drug disposal

Legal drugs will be collected for disposal at the following locations: • Warren County: 4-7 p.m. Thursday at Warren Memorial Hospital pharmacy, 1000 Shenandoah Ave., Front Royal. • Winchester and Frederick County: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Joint Judicial Center, 5 N. Kent St., Winchester. • Shenandoah County: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 30 at the Shenandoah County Government Center board meeting room, 600 N. Main St. Woodstock

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By Alex Bridges - abridges@nvdaily.com

Authorities accepted tons of unused legal drugs last year in an effort to keep medications from misuse, abuse or in the ecosystem.

Collections in the voluntary, anonymous program begin again in the area this week.

The federal Drug Enforcement Administration started the National Drug Take-Back Initiative in 2010 as an effort to help people properly dispose of expired or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications. Such drugs are easy to find and highly susceptible to misuse and abuse, authorities say.

The Warren County Sheriff's Office coordinates with Warren Memorial Hospital, and last year's efforts proved successful, Sheriff Daniel T. McEathron said Tuesday.

The hospital pharmacy will accept unused drugs from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday.

The sheriff's offices of Frederick County and Winchester have partnered to collect prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Joint Judicial Center downtown, or the Elks Lodge, 466 Front Royal Pike, according to a press release.

City Sheriff Leonard "Lenny" Millholland said he and Sheriff Robert T. "Bob" Williamson, Frederick County, moved up the date because the suggested nationwide date of April 30 falls during the Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival.

The Shenandoah County Sheriff's Office and the Friends of the North Fork of the Shenandoah River plan to participate in the program on April 30. Organizers will collect drugs at the Shenandoah County Government Center's board meeting room, 600 N. Main St., Woodstock, according to a news release from the Sheriff's Office.

Procedures established by the DEA, according to the Shenandoah County release, are as follows:

• Every effort will be made to protect the privacy of individuals disposing of medications.

• Expired, unused or unwanted prescriptions and over-the counter, solid-dosage medications will be accepted.

• Intravenous solutions, injectibles and syringes as well as illegal or illicit substances such as marijuana and methamphetamine will not be accepted.

• Liquids should remain sealed in original containers.

Collected medicines will be incinerated in accordance with all applicable state and federal regulations.

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