Saturday marks National Drug Take-Back Day.
It’s an initiative to encourage residents to safely dispose of unused and expired medications.
In Chesterfield County, a drive-thru drop-off outside the Wegman’s store allowed drivers to hand over pills with ease.
“You don’t even have to get out of the car,” said Corporel Matt Rogers with Chesterfield County Police.
“You can just drive up and we will take the drugs from you.”
Chesterfield County Police held the event in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administtratrioin, the Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office, and the Chesterfield substance abuse prevention coaltion.
Officers and volunteers collected prescription pills, over-the-counter medication, and veterinary medication for proper disposal. No needles or illegal drugs were allowed.
Rogers said this event is about more than just keeping medicines out of the trash or flushing them down the toilet.
“We want to be able to get any drugs that are not being used — any medications off the streets — so that they’re not just sitting there, sitting around the house,” said Rogers.
Sometimes when medications sit around the house, they end up in the wrong hands.
Chesterfield County Police also has a year-round drop-off box at its headquarters on Route 10.
Agencies in Richmond, Henrico, Hanover, and New Kent are just a few of the other localities to hold events for the nationwide event on Saturday.
Residents around Central Virginia are encouraged to contact their local law enforcement to find the closest disposal location.