Tackling the Impact of Prescription Drugs in VA

By: STEVE SZKOTAK - Associated Press Writer
By: STEVE SZKOTAK - Associated Press Writer

Virginia is tackling the impact of prescription drugs on two fronts: abuse by young people and their presence in state waters.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, federal anti-drug officials and public health experts gathered at Richmond's waste water treatment plant Thursday to announce a program to collect prescription drugs for safe disposal.

Cuccinell's Prescription Drug Take-Back Task Force announced the second collection day, set for April 30. More than 5,000 pounds of unused prescription medications were turned over at collection sites throughout Virginia on the state's first take-back day last September.

Besides preventing prescription drug abuse, the task force wants to keep prescription drugs out of the environment.

The presence of pharmaceutical residues in the nation's drinking water is a growing concern.

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