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Prescription Drug Take Back

Drug Takeback Day April 29 2017 April 29th marks the 12th annual drug takeback day in Virginia. Safely dispose of your expired or unused prescriptions in a safe, convenient, and responsible way at a drug takeback location near you.

  • Read a letter from DHP Director Dr. David Brown
  • Learn more about the DEA prescription drug takeback initiative
  • Find a collection site near you

    Opioid Addiction Crisis Declared a Public Health Emergency in Virginia

    On November 21, 2016 Governor McAuliffe issued a News Release stating that State Health Commissioner Marissa Levine has declared Virginia’s opioid abuse crisis a Public Health Emergency in the Commonwealth.

    Visit the Virginia Department of Health for more information.
    Download Commissioner Levine’s message to healthcare practitioners on dispensing Naloxone. offers resources for combating RX drug and heroin abuse

    vaaware.comPrescription drug and heroin abuse throughout the Commonwealth has reached epidemic proportions, with annual drug overdose deaths outnumbering deaths caused by car accidents.

    In response to this crisis of addiction, Governor Terry McAuliffe’s Task Force on Rx Drug and Heroin Abuse in Virginia recommended that state agencies create a comprehensive website. Here is, an online resource developed as an informational tool for all citizens of Virginia.

    The site features specific pages for parents, educators, licensed practitioners, law enforcement officers and drug dependents, and offers best practices for recognizing, preventing, diagnosing, treating, and recovering from opioid/heroin abuse.

    The Department of Health Professions has a contract with Virginia Commonwealth University Health System, Department of Psychiatry, Division of Addiction Psychiatry, to provide confidential services for the health practitioner, who may be impaired by any physical or mental disability, or who suffers from chemical dependency.

    Available services include intake, referrals for assessment and/or treatment, monitoring, and alcohol and drug toxicology screens.

    Practitioners who meet certain criteria may receive approval for a stay of disciplinary action. This allows the practitioner to focus on recovery efforts. Requests for stayed disciplinary action are reviewed by a designated board liaison, with the final decision being made by the Monitoring Program Committee.

    The Health Practitioners’ Monitoring Program eligibility requirements are:

    For more information view the Health Practitioners’ Monitoring Program Orientation Handbook.

    Reporting Forms can be found on the forms page.

    For further information or referral, call HPMP toll-free at 1-866-206-4747 or email:

    Laws and Regulations:

    Laws governing Health Practitioners' Monitoring Program

    Regulations governing Health Practitioners' Monitoring Program - revised February 22, 2017