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NOVA Joins Nationwide Effort to Take-Back Prescription Drugs on April 30

Northern Virginia Community College is pleased to participate in the Second Annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 30 at the Annandale Campus in the Food Services Building. This free event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and seeks to prevent pill abuse and theft. NOVA representatives will collect all expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs that are potentially dangerous if left in family medicine cabinets.

Last fall, Congress passed the Safe and Secure Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow users of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General. 

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in homes are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high. Studies show that individuals that abuse prescription drugs often obtained them from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets. Additionally, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both are potential safety and health hazards.

“I encourage residents of the D.C. metropolitan area to take advantage of this valuable opportunity to properly dispose of prescription drugs,” said Tony Ong, NOVA Police Community Outreach Officer. “We are committed to reducing prescription drug abuse that is harming so many Americans.”

Where: Food Services Building, NOVA, Annandale Campus
What:  Take-Back Prescription Drug Event
Dates: April 30, 2011
Hours: 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through NOVA Online. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.