Police Across Central Virginia Participate in Drug Take-Back Day

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Police across central Virginia and the valley spent Saturday combating - what they call - an epidemic of prescription drug abuse.

Saturday was the annual Drug Take-Back Day. Charlottesville officers collected unused or expired medications at the police department downtown.

The program is sponsored by the federal Drug Enforcement Agency and allows anyone to dispose of pills and other drugs safely, anonymously and free of charge.

"The most important aspect of it is to get these types of drugs out of the home so they don't fall in the hands of small children," said Lt. Ronnie Roberts of the Charlottesville Police Department.

Police say the best thing to do with old medications is take them to an official collection event where they will be disposed of by professionals.

Waynesboro police said their drop-off spot at the Walmart brought in 186 pounds of drugs Saturday.