Medication Disposal

Agencies Partner to Increase Availability of Medication Disposal Kits in Chesterfield, Powhatan, & Colonial Heights

Residents in the counties of Chesterfield and Powhatan, and the city of Colonial Heights, who wish to dispose of unwanted medications may do so by using a free drug-deactivation pouch. More than 3,000 of the pouches were made available by a donation secured by Attorney General Mark Herring.


The Deterra drug disposal pouches, manufactured by Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals, safely dispose of up to 45 pill tablets, 6 ounces of liquid or 6 patches. Once the medications are mixed with a small amount of water in the bag, the chemical compounds in the medications are deactivated. The biodegradable bag can then be safely disposed of in the trash.

Don’t be an Accidental Drug Dealer! Properly dispose of your unwanted medications.


Drug deactivation pouches are limited in supply, and available on a first-come, first-served basis at the following locations while supplies last:

  • Chesterfield County Police Department
    • Chester Station: 2920 West Hundred Road
    • Falling Creek Station: 5701 Jefferson Davis Highway
    • Hull Street Station: 6812 Woodlake Commons Loop
    • Midlothian Station: 20 N Providence Road
    • Police Headquarters Lobby Desk: 10001 Iron Bridge Road
  • Chesterfield County Health Department:  9501 Lucy Corr Circle
  • Chesterfield County Department of Mental Health Support Services: 6801 Lucy Corr Boulevard
  • Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office, Community Outreach Office: Main Courts Building - 9500 Courthouse Road
  • Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation
    • Bensley Recreation Center: 2900 Drewry's Bluff Road
    • Ettrick Recreation Center: 20621 Woodpecker Road
    • Stonebridge Recreation Center: 230 Karl Linn Drive, North Chesterfield
  • Chesterfield County Public Library locations:
    • Bon Air Library: 9103 Rattlesnake Road
    • Chester Library: 11800 Centre Street
    • Clover Hill Library: 6701 Deer Run Drive
    • Enon Library: 1801 Enon Church Road
    • Ettrick-Matoaca Library: 4501 River Road
    • LaPrade Library: 9000 Hull Street Road
    • Meadowdale Library: 4301 Meadowdale Boulevard
    • Midlothian Library: 521 Coalfield Road
    • North Courthouse Road Library: 325 Courthouse Road
  • Colonial Heights Health Department: 200 Highland Avenue
  • Colonial Heights Office on Youth and Human Services: 201 James Avenue
  • Colonial Heights Food Pantry: 530 Southpark Boulevard
  • Powhatan County Health Department: 3908 Buckingham Road, Suite Number 1

Dispose of Medications Properly

Remember that drugs poured down the drain or flushed down the toilet can create environmental concerns. Those unable to obtain medication disposal kits, should check with their local health and police departments to see when medication take-back events are scheduled.

Chesterfield’s Police Department Medication Take-Back Event
Chesterfield County Fairgrounds
10300 Courthouse Road
Wednesday, March 14
9 a.m. to 1 p.m.