Virginia Beach Police collect more than half a ton of prescription drugs in six months

Prescription pills. (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.)
Prescription pills. (Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons.)

The Virginia Beach Police Department has collected 1,227.5 pounds of expired and unwanted prescription drugs since placing medication drop boxes at its precincts in June, it announced Thursday.

About 215 pounds of drugs were dropped off citywide within in the second half of June. Since then, the precincts gathered the following amounts:

Asked to quantify the mass of those doses, police spokeswoman Tonya Pierce said, “It’s a lot.”

“They some in different sizes and shapes,” she said.

The medication drop boxes were installed to give residents a safe place to environmentally dispose of drugs and to ensure they don’t fall into the wrong hands. No forms are required to drop off the drugs and no questions are asked.

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