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Leesburg Police Offer Solutions For Prescription Medication Misuse

Post Date:01/26/2018 2:12 PM

Leesburg, VA (January 26, 2017) In an effort to help curb abuse and misuse of opioids, the Leesburg Police Department wants to make the public aware of a new program offered at local Walmart stores that can help save lives.  Walmart has launched a first-of-its kind opioid disposal solution – available at no cost – in all company pharmacies. Known as “DisposeRx”, the small packet contains ingredients that, according to the manufacturer, when emptied into a pill bottle with warm water, ultimately enable patients to responsibly dispose of leftover medications in their trash.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and the National Institute of Drug Abuse, more than 65 percent of people misusing prescription opioids are getting them from family and friends, and personal prescriptions are one of the main sources of nonmedical opioid abuse. “DisposeRx” provides a virtually effortless way for patients to destroy leftover opioids and a way to do so without ever leaving home.

As a reminder, the Leesburg Police Department also offers the Medication Disposal Drop Box which offers a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of medications, including controlled substances.  The box is located in the lobby of the Leesburg Police Department located at 65 Plaza Street NE, Leesburg, VA 20176, and is available to the public 24/7.

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Media Contact:
Officer Sam Shenouda, Public Information Officer
Email: sshenouda@leesburgva.gov . 703-771-4538

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