February 26, 2019
Mental Health Support Services
CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, VA — Prescription drug abuse is a national epidemic, and 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. As part of the campaign, free medication disposal pouches are available for pick up at various locations throughout the county.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 61 percent of people, ages 12 and older, who misuse prescription pain relievers get them from a friend or family member. That’s why it’s so important to dispose of expired or unused medications properly.
More than 6,000 Deterra medication disposal pouches are available for distribution. One pouch can safely dispose of up to 45 pill tablets, six ounces of liquid or six 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.
Citizens can pick up their free drug-deactivation pouches at the following locations:
Chesterfield County Administration Building Lobby Desk – 9901 Lori Road, Chesterfield
Chesterfield County Health Department – 9501 Lucy Corr Circle
Chesterfield County Department of Mental Health Support Services – 6801 Lucy Corr Blvd.
Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office, Community Outreach Office, Main Courts Building, – 9500 Courthouse Road
Chesterfield County Police Department
Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation
Chesterfield County Public Library locations:
Powhatan County Health Department - 3908 Buckingham Road, Suite No.1
Additionally, citizens can participate in the next Medication Take Back event, hosted by Chesterfield County Police, on Saturday, March 5, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Chesterfield County Police Community Services Building, located at 2730 Hicks Road. Expired or unused medications can also be safely disposed of year-round using the disposal box located at Chesterfield Police Headquarters, 10001 Iron Bridge Rd, Chesterfield, VA 23832.
Prescription Drug Abuse Facts: