GAPP notes successful Drug Take Back Day

greater augusta prevention partners.cdrGreater Augusta Prevention Partners applauds the Waynesboro Police Department for collecting 559.6 pounds of old or unwanted pharmaceuticals on national Drug Take Back Day this past Sept. 26.  This is the most ever collected by the Police Department at a single event.

Not only was this the biggest collection of unwanted prescription drugs by the Waynesboro Police, but the department ranked second in their district, following Albemarle County, for the most prescription drugs collected.  More astonishing is the fact that the Waynesboro Police Department ranked 10th in the State regardless of population for the most prescription drugs collected.

The amount of drugs collected is not a representation of the availability of prescription drugs in our community but rather a representation of the prevention work done by Waynesboro Police.  Too often the positive prevention work done by the Police Department is lost among the headline news of criminal activity.

In President Barack Obama’s weekly address for September 26, he states why Drug Take Back Day is so important. “Here’s why this matters.  More Americans now die every year from drug overdoses than they do in car crashes.  And most of those deaths aren’t due to drugs like cocaine or heroin – but rather prescription drugs.  In 2013 alone, overdoses from prescription pain medications killed more than 16,000 Americans.  And most young people who begin misusing prescription drugs don’t buy them in some dark alley – they get them from the medicine cabinet.”

Promotion of the event, collaboration with Greater Augusta Prevention Partners, and volunteers made this event a success.  Flyers, Facebook postings, and email alerts were used to educate the public about the event.  For more information on GAPP visit valleyprevention.com or contact Keri Jones at the Office on Youth at 540-332-3806.