Portsmouth Kroger worked in conjunction with the Portsmouth Police Department (PPD) on Oct. 22 to host a Drug Take Back Day for expired and unused prescription drugs to be discarded. The drop off location took place on the Kroger parking lot.
Samantha Crank, Kroger Pharmacy Manager, said Drug Take Back Day is a very important event for the community.
“This is a Drug Take Back Day, everyone can bring unused medications in, or expired medications, hand them to a law officer and they will dispose of them properly,” Crank said. “It is to keep prescription medications off of the streets and out of the sewer and trash. This is important so that prescription drugs don’t get into the hands of the wrong people, and it is also an issue of environmental safety, because they are going to dispose of them properly.”
Officer Debby Jenkins, who was present at the Drug Take Back location at Kroger, said the Drug Take Back events are effective, and that unused and or expired drugs can be taken to the PPD Monday through Friday regularly.
“I think this is a great idea. I know that when we did this in the spring we ended up 68 pounds of drugs, the pills, capsules and liquids. It was more pills than anything,” Jenkins said. “So, it works as long as people know about it and they bring it down it works. If perhaps they don’t make it down today, they need to know that there is a drop box in the Portsmouth Police Department by the Records Bureau, and they can access the drop box Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.”
The PPD is located at 728 Second Street, Portsmouth. For more information regarding the drop off box located, contact PPD at 740-353-4101.
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