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FORT LEE, Va. (Sept. 4, 2014) -- Fort Lee will conduct a Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Sept. 27 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. in the Kenner Army Health Clinic parking lot.

Prescription Drug Take Back Day is a national effort that addresses one of America’s deadliest hazards – unused and/or outdated medications found in bathroom cabinets, kitchens and bedside tables in nearly every home across the country.

To help address the problem and foster safe and healthy military communities, Army installations across the U.S. are again partnering with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and state and local law enforcement offices for the semi-annual drive that encourages households to safely eliminate unneeded prescribed medications by turning them in for proper disposal.

All active duty military, reservists, family members, civilian employees and retirees can anonymously turn in any sort of medication or prescription drug during the take back drives at Fort Lee and any other Army installation.

The potential for abuse, overdose and environmental harm associated with the incorrect disposal of prescription drugs are serious concerns for the entire country, according to the DEA. Unused, unwanted or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue as well, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and a catalyst for drug abuse.

This event is a prime opportunity to raise community awareness, educate the Army Family on the dangers of prescription drug abuse, and help make military installations a safer place to live and work, according to Mary Claiborne, certified employee assistance professional for Fort Lee’s Army Substance Abuse Program. “During the previous National Drug Take-Back Day in October 2013, our collection site on Fort Lee collected and disposed of more than 331 pounds of unwanted, expired and unused prescription drugs,” she added.

“This is your opportunity to turn in unused and expired prescription and non-prescription medications for safe disposal,” Claiborne continued. “Turning in expired and unused medications helps prevent medication abuse and protects the environment.”

The Fort Lee ASAP office is coordinating the local drive, and law enforcement personnel from the Provost Marshal Office will be at the drop off locations as prescribed by DEA protocols.

For more information about the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day or to find a drop-off location, visit the DEA website at www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html or contact the Fort Lee ASAP office at (804) 734-9180/9079/9177/9693.