The University of Mary Washington Police Department will participate in the National Drug Take-Back Day for the second time this school year, allowing students and faculty to dispose of expired and unused controlled and non-controlled drugs anonymously.
UMW Investigative Sgt. Brad Sullivan organized the free event.
“Instead of flushing unwanted drugs, throw them in a box on Drug Take-Back Day, then they’re destroyed in a proper way,” Sullivan said.
Last semester, the police department collected four pounds of prescription medication.
Sullivan said that they would like to exceed their previous collected amount.
“We’d like to exceed anything we have before because it shows the participation of the students,” Sullivan said.
This will be the fourth National Drug Take-Back Day created by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. Roughly 4,000 agencies participated in the event last year.
Sullivan said the campus police would continue to host national prescription drug take-back events because of their main concern is the students.
“It’s all about the safety of students. There’s always a temptation around old drugs… Out of sight, out of mind. Get rid of them,” Sullivan said.
The event will last from 10 p.m. to 2 p.m. on April 28. The Bell Tower will be one of many drop-off points in the Fredericksburg area that the police will announce in the coming weeks.