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Posted at 11:06 AM ET, 10/ 1/2010

Va. embraces 'Drug Take-Back Day'

By Washington Post editors

Virginia residents turned in more than 5,000 expired or unused prescription drugs during the commonwealth's first Drug Take-Back Day.

Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and law enforcement officials announced the results of the Sept. 25 event on Friday.

The drugs were collected at seven Virginia State Police regional headquarters.

Cuccinelli says the drugs were taken Thursday to an incinerator in Northern Virginia.

Virginia's event was part of the National Take-Back Day sponsored by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. The goal was to prevent drug abuse and to keep disposed drugs out of surface and groundwater.

-- Associated Press

By Washington Post editors  | October 1, 2010; 11:06 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Virginia  
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