Chesterfield County Mental Health Support Services
March 3, 2021
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — Prescription drug abuse is a national epidemic and drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S.
Through the month of March, Chesterfield County is promoting the proper disposal of expired or unused medications through its “Don’t Be An Accidental Drug Dealer” campaign, which provides free medication disposal pouches for pick-up in the county.
The biodegradable bag can be safely disposed in the trash.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 61 percent of people ages 12 and older who misuse and abuse prescription pain relievers receive them from friends or family members. Each year, more than 70,000 children under the age of 18 go to the emergency room because of unintentional medication overdoses -- that’s why it’s so important to properly dispose of expired or unused medications.
Residents can pick up their free medication disposal pouches at the following Chesterfield County Public Library locations:
Expired and unused medications also can be safely disposed of year-round using the disposal box at the Chesterfield Police Headquarters at 10001 Iron Bridge Road.
Learn more ways to ‘Not Be An Accidental Drug Dealer’ by visiting to www.chesterfield.gov/safedisposal.