National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal Saturday, April 30, 2016.  Dublin Police will participate in this national event from 10:00am – 2:00pm in the City Parking Lot, just north of the traffic circle at 6670 Commerce Parkway.  Only pills will be accepted.  Needles, lancets, syringes, inhalers and liquids will not be accepted.  The effort is designed to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for prescription medication abuse.  Those who are not available to participate in the pill take-back day can safely dispose of prescription medications anytime by using the 24/7 prescription drug drop box located at the Dublin Justice Center.  The drop box, which was unveiled in April 2015, is locked and monitored by video surveillance.  For more information, visit the City of Dublin website at

October is National Substance Abuse Prevention Month


Substance use, including underage drinking and the non-medical use of prescription and over-the-counter medications, significantly affects the health and well-being of American youth and people of all ages. According to The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA):

  • In 2013, an estimated 8.7 million people aged 12 to 20 (22.7 percent of this age group) reported drinking alcohol during the past month. To put that in perspective, there are more American youth who have engaged in underage drinking than there are people living in the state of Virginia.
  • Approximately 25 million Americans age 12 and older were current illicit drug users. The most commonly used drugs were marijuana (19.8 million current users) and non-medical use of prescription medications (6.5 million current users).
  • More than 17 million Americans age 12 and older were classified with alcohol dependence or abuse.
    • Heavy alcohol use can cause serious damage to the body and affect the heart, liver, nervous system, digestive system, and immune system.
    • Alcohol was a factor in approximately 31 percent of deaths from motor vehicle crashes in 2012.

Stopping substance abuse before it begins can increase a person’s chances of living a longer, healthier, and more productive life.

If you or someone you know needs help to become substance free, call Syntero at 614/ 889-5722. We are here to help with information, counseling and support .