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Officials ‘take back’ more than 600 pounds of drugs

More than 600 pounds of expired and prescription medication were collected across Prince William County on Saturday as part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s “Take Back” initiative, which aims to prevent pill abuse and theft.

For the fourth time, medications were collected at Prince William Hospital, Heathcote Health Center, and Potomac Mills Mall. In October, about 400 pounds of prescription drugs were dropped off.

For information, call the county police department’s Crime Prevention Unit at 703-792-7270.

Gar-Field’s SADD program wins regional award

The Washington Regional Alcohol Program presented its 20th annual GEICO Student Awards on Friday afternoon. Gar-Field High School’s SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) Club received second-place honors for its efforts to promote alcohol- and drug-free lifestyles to peers.

The SADD clubs at Eleanor Roosevelt and DeMatha Catholic high schools in Prince George’s County received first and third places, respectively.

Student clubs were judged on their leadership, effectiveness, innovation and involvement of both students and the community in their efforts to prevent underage drinking, according to information provided by WRAP.

The top three groups each received a plaque and up to $1,000 from GEICO to continue their campaigns.

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Service will honor fallen local police officers

A memorial and tribute service for fallen law enforcement officers who lived in or served in Prince William County will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium of the Dr. A.J. Ferlazzo Building, 15491 Cardinal Dr., Woodbridge.

The event, which will include a candlelight vigil, is sponsored by the Prince William County Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association and coincides with National Police Week.

— Compiled by Sarah Lane

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