Combating Prescription Drug Abuse: Free Drug Disposal Pouches, Lockable Bags in Chesterfield

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) – Chesterfield County is encouraging the proper disposal and storage of expired or unused medications through its “Don’t Be an Accidental Drug Dealer” campaign this spring.

The county declares prescription drug abuse a national epidemic — and the campaign will be making free drug disposal pouches and lockable bags available to pick up at various locations around the county while supplies last.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 61% of people aged 12 and over who abuse prescription painkillers get them from a friend or family member. The county said that’s why it’s so important to properly dispose of expired or unused medications and to keep other medications safe while in use.

One sachet can contain up to 45 tablets, six fluid ounces or six patches.

Once the drugs are mixed with a small amount of water in the bag, the chemical compounds in the drugs are deactivated.

Citizens can pick up their medication deactivation sachets and lockable bags free of charge at the following locations:

Chesterfield County Public Library Locations:

  • Bon Air Library — 9103 Rattlesnake Road
  • central library — 7051, boul. Lucy Corr.
  • Chester Library — 11800 Center 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, boul. Meadowdale.
  • North Courthouse Road Library — 325, chemin du palais de justice
  • Chesterfield County Police Department — Police Administration Building Lobby Office, 10001 Iron Bridge Road
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