Prescription Drug Drop Off

Friday, October 21, 2011

“When is the last time you cleaned out your medicine cabinet?”  Chances are you have some old prescription drugs lying around that you probably need to get rid of, but how?  The Virginia Beach Police Department in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and the Virginia State Police will be conducting a prescription drug drop off and collection event Saturday, October 29, 2011, from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., at the Second and Fourth Police Precincts.

Primary reasons for the prescription drug round up are to get rid of unused drugs in homes so they won’t fall into the wrong hands, and/or so that the drugs aren't flushed down drains and into the septic or municipal sewer systems, eventually contaminating groundwater and/or drinking water systems.

Another concern for law enforcement is the illegal sales of prescription drugs.  People recovering from illicit drug addictions will often turn to prescription drug use.  In many cases, they divert prescription drugs from ailing family members for use or trade in the street drug market.  

Juveniles often find the easiest way to obtain drugs is not a street corner deal but raiding a family member's medicine cabinet.  There have been reports across the country of juveniles having parties with their parent’s prescription drugs.  These parties are referred to as “Pharm Parties” or “Skittles Parties.”  Several overdoses and deaths have been linked to such parties.  Juveniles also use, trade, or sell the drugs at school to friends and classmates.  

This event is open to any local Hampton Roads resident.  Those wishing to dispose of their old prescription medications may do so at the Second and Fourth Police Precincts:

Second Precinct, 820 Virginia Beach Blvd., 757-385-2700

Fourth Precinct, 840 Kempsville Road, 757-385-2800

Frequently asked questions:

What is accepted at the event?

All pharmaceuticals (prescription and overthecounter) will be accepted. This includes pills, liquids, capsules, inhalers, patches, etc.

What is not accepted at the event?

NO SHARPS will be accepted.

NO AEROSOLS will be accepted.

What can I expect at the event?

Enter the precinct lobby where there will be an event table to drop off your unused prescriptions.  An officer will be onsite to answer any questions and accept your unused prescriptions.

Can I drop off drugs prescribed for my pet?


Do I have to do anything to the prescription bottles prior to dropping them off?

We suggest removing or scratching out personal information from any bottle. Please preserve the part of the label that identifies the medication if at all possible.

What happens to the pharmaceuticals after I drop them off at the event?

The Virginia Beach Police Department will deliver the pharmaceuticals to an approved facility for proper disposal by incineration.

You can help the Virginia Beach Police Department in their mission to reduce contaminants in the environment and reduce children’s opportunity to gain access to unused or old prescriptions.