Young people are at especially high risk of prescription drug abuse. One out of four teens has admitted to taking a prescription drug not prescribed to them.

Local Statistics

What you can do to help solve the problem:

1. Educate yourself. Visit Partnership for Drug-Free Kids Website

2. Talk to your child(ren) about the medicine abuse. It is never to early to talk about healthy behaviors.

3. Safeguard your medications in your home. Lock them up and dispose of unwanted and unused meds properly. Find a take-back location in your area.

LOCAL MEDICATION DISPOSAL DROP BOXES:

Roanoke County Sheriff’s Office: 401 E Main St; Salem

Vinton Police Dept: 311 S Pollard St; Vinton

Walgreen’s Drug Store: 4841 Williamson Rd NW; Roanoke

Carilion Clinic: 2001 Crystal Spring Ave, Roanoke; 3 Riverside Circle, Roanoke; 3737 W Main St, Salem; Roanoke Memorial Hospital

CVS Towers: 2001 Colonial Ave; Roanoke