Medication Disposal

Don’t be an Accidental Drug Dealer!
Feb. 25-March 31

Prescription drug abuse is a national epidemic. In fact, 61% of people aged 12 and older who misuse prescription pain relievers get them from a friend or family member. Through the month of March, Mental Health Support Services is promoting the proper disposal of expired or unused medications through its “Don’t Be An Accidental Drug Dealer” campaign. As part of the campaign, free medication disposal pouches are available for pick up at various locations throughout the county.

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.

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.


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 Public Library locations:
    • Bon Air Library: 9103 Rattlesnake Road
    • Central Library: 7051 Lucy Corr Boulevard
    • 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

For information on properly disposing prescription medications any time of the year, visit Chesterfield's Opioid Response