Take-Back Day Hoping to Combat Drug Issue


A look at the rising number of prescription drug thefts in Waynesboro

WAYNESBORO, Va. (WHSV) -- Areas across the Valley are gearing up for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, when people will be able to give law enforcement either unwanted or unused prescription drugs without getting in trouble.

After reaching out to local law enforcement groups in the Valley, official numbers from the Waynesboro Police Department show that over the past three years, the number of prescription drug theft cases continues to rise.

On Thursday night in Stuarts Draft, a man was arrested at the drive-through of the Stuarts Draft Family Pharmacy for altering a prescription for Percocet, according to police.

Prescription drugs are a problem in the Valley and dealing with abusers is a very possibility at pharmacies in today's world.

"I know outpatient pharmacies. I worked at a community pharmacy when I was in pharmacy school and that is something that you have to constantly be aware of. It is scary, but I think everybody who works in a pharmacy, I hope. has mentally prepared themselves and I know that management does walk you through and makes you feel, gives you the tools to be prepared," said Bittany Stewart who works at the Sentara RMH Pharmacy.

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