Prince George Police Dept. among sites taking part in National Drug Take-Back Day Saturday

By: Michael Campbell | Twitter: @itsthesoup
Posted: Oct. 27, 2017 | 12:00 p.m.

PRINCE GEORGE – On Saturday, October 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Virginia State Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 14th opportunity in seven years to participate in the National Drug Take-Back Initiative to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

The Virginia State Police are hosting sites at Division Headquarters across the state. You can bring your pills for disposal to a collection site near you.

In Prince George, the county police department is hosting a disposal site at the department in the side parking lot from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at 6600 Courthouse Road.

For those living outside the county, simply go to the DEA website by clicking here to find a site near you or learn more about Saturday’s event. You can search by zip code for a collection site near you. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

Last April, Americans turned in 450 tons (900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 13 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million pounds more than 4,050 tons of pills.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines, flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash both pose potential safety and health hazards.

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Royals advance to 2017 Region Semifinals versus Mills Godwin

MIDLOTHIAN - For the third straight season, Prince George Field is advancing to the region semifinals after defeating Glen Allen 3-0.

“I think we are hungry and we don’t want to lose anymore,” said Prince George senior and captain Carlee Lively. “We played really hard teams at the end of the season, we lost and we tasted that.”

Thursday’s triumph was a big bounce-back victory for the Royals after they took two tough losses to Princess Anne and York to close out the regular season. They’ll play Mills Godwin at Midlothian’s River City Sportsplex on Monday, Oct. 30 at 6 p.m. in the second semifinals match. The Eagles beat Lee-Davis 2-0.

The winner of Prince George and Mills Godwin plays the winner of Atlee and Deep Run on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at 6 p.m. in the Region 5B Championship game. Both finalists advance to the state tournament.

The Royals were fluid in their passing and stickwork, steadily working their way down the field and pressuring Glen Allen often with eight corners.

“They have some really good skills that looked really good,” said Prince George head coach Maggie Roberts. “We’re working on some things, tightening some things up, trying to get ourselves ready for the next game.”

Lively, Brittany Grebas, Amelia Johnson and Georgia Adair were among the Royals’ leading ball handlers, and Ashley Thacker displayed key control at the center.

Prince George kept the ball on Glen Allen’s side through much of the first half, with the Royals’ third corner proving to be the charm. Lively fired the ball down the middle with Johnson deflecting it in for the 1-0 lead.

 

“We’ve been working on that in practice the whole week,” Lively said. “It felt good to actually see something that we practice in play - we applied it and we executed it.”

Abby Warren then grounded the ball into the goal to give the Royals a 2-0 advantage before halftime.

Lively angled the Royals’ third goal into the left corner in the second half.

Goalkeeper Kyla Nase made three saves for the Royals.

The Jaguars were able to get down the field and challenge the Royals’ defense at times, but were held out of the net.

This is the first year without the conference tournaments, meaning the top eight teams from each region advance to regional competition following regular season play. The regions in each class have also been split from two to four.

“With the different format this year, it’s unchartered territory,” Roberts said. “Just like every other postseason, you fight to be able to play another day, and that’s what we did.”