Sheriff’s Office Participates in Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Berryville, Virginia – On September 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Clarke County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Bring your medications for disposal to John H. Enders Fire Company at 9 South Buckmarsh Street, Berryville, Virginia.  The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April, Americans turned in 552,161 pounds—276 tons—of prescription drugs at over 5,600 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,300 state and local law enforcement partners.  In its four previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 1.5 million pounds—nearly 775 tons—of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
Four days after the first event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them.  The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.  DEA is drafting regulations to implement the Act.  Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies like Clarke County Sheriff’s Office and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.

If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Sgt. Travis M. Sumption at 540-955-5182.



  1. Sargewillis says:

    Congress passed the law because Americans were flushing the pills down the commode and some drugs were passing through the sewage system and ending up in the water supply.

    I’ve been a federal employee for 38 years and work long and hard for the citizens of this great country, many times I worked through lunch and stayed late so I could get a project completed on time and under budget. We are not us faceless and nameless bureaucrats, we are ordinary Americans just like you, trying to do our job and live our lives the best we can.

    • Another View says:

      Congress has no authority over the “water supply”.

      Moreover, the point is that Washington deigns to dictate every possible aspect of Americans’ daily lives. This is not what any government should do, much less our federal government.

      Part of freedom is permitting folks to live their lives without undue government intrusion. This is so, even if it means that sometimes, some will do things that of which others do not approve.

  2. Sargewillis says:

    Your right, sort of, congress doesn’t have the authority over such things as state water supplies, but it does have the authority to try to keep Americans safe. Over the last 50 years things like antibiotics, blood pressure meds, cancer fighting drugs etc. have been showing up in tap water to such a degree that there is a danger that the American people could be getting dosages of drugs that could hurt them and in some cases, even kill them. Scientists have been warning about this problem for years and been ignored by most of the states, well, finally someone in Congress figured if the states won’t or can’t take care of it they will.

    “some will do things that of which others do not approve” sure, you can do almost anything you want and no one has the right to stop you, that is major guarantee of freedom, but you missed a very important part of that freedom, the duty that goes alone with it, to do no unprovoked harm to others. Well meds in our water supply is harming us.

    • Another View says:

      Where in the Constitution does it give Congress the authority to “keep Americans safe”? It does not.

      And “meds in our water supply is [NOT] harming us”. There is no evidence of any such thing. But assuming there was, it is still not a Congressional concern. The federal government maintains NO general police power. Sorry; it does not.