Virginia has new resource in fight against prescription drug abuse

Published: Oct. 11, 2016 at 7:11 PM EDT
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The state has a new resource in the fight against prescription drug abuse that could keep millions of pills off the street.

Tuesday, Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring visited the Bradley Free Clinic to announce 80,000 drug disposal kits will soon be available in the state.

Using warm tap water, each kit can deactivate up to 45 pills before being thrown out in the trash.

And Herring says that could make a significant difference in the fight against drug abuse.

"With this heroin and prescription drug crisis, it really has its roots in the medicine cabinet, more so than on the streets," Herring told WDBJ7 in an interview. "And this is a way to make sure that more Virginians can safely dispose of their prescription drugs, to lessen the likelihood that they might be misused or abused, and keep people safe."

The drug disposal kits were donated by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals.

The kits will be available through the state health department, law enforcement agencies, and other healthcare and non-profit organizations.