Drug takeback set for April 29

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By Shaina Stockton

INDEPENDENCE ― The Grayson County Sheriff’s Office and the Independence Police Department will participate in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 29, with prescription drug dropoffs in multiple locations.

The public is encouraged to turn in unused and out-of-date medications including prescription, over-the-counter and pet meds, for safe disposal at their nearest collection site. These items will be safely disposed of to prevent them from being misused, or from contaminating local water supplies as a result of improper disposal.

The sheriff’s office will offer dropoff locations at the Fries Fire Department, 832 E. Main Street, Fries; and The Log Store, 4013 Troutdale Highway, Mouth of Wilson. Both areas will be open from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

The police department will have a collection site in front of Woody’s Pharmacy at the Guynn Shopping Center in Independence on April 29 from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Officers, as well as local members of the Southwest Virginia Medical Reserve Corps will accept all forms of medications.

The corps will also hand out free pouches of the Deterra Drug Deactivation System. The system renders medicines ineffective, and can be used in the home to safely dispose of out-of-date medications, according to a news release from the police department.