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2012 News Releases

Longwood Police joins the National Take Back Initiative

April 20, 2012

From left: DEA special agent Shannon Pinto, Longwood University Police Officer Jim Thorpe, Farmville Police Department Detective Chris Moss From left: DEA special agent Shannon Pinto, Longwood University Police Officer Jim Thorpe, Farmville Police Department Detective Chris Moss

On Saturday, April 28 the Farmville Police Department and Longwood University Police Department will again join with law enforcement agencies across the nation to participate in the fourth National Drug Take Back Initiative. 

This initiative is designed to remove potentially dangerous prescription and other medications from homes by allowing citizens to anonymously dispose of them in a safe manner.  Last year, agencies collected over 121 tons of prescription drugs for proper disposal.  The Farmville Police Department and Longwood University Police Department collected 33.2 pounds of unused or expired prescription drugs last October.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. officers from both departments will be collecting unwanted or expired medications at Midtown Square between Barnes & Noble Bookstore and Chick-fil-A. Citizens may drive through to drop off medications, with no questions asked and without having to exit their vehicles. 

To remain anonymous, donors should remove the labels from all containers, or they may dump loose medications directly into the collection box.  However, any liquids should remain sealed in their own containers.  Intravenous solutions, injectable drugs, and syringes cannot be accepted at this time.