Posted by Brandon Jarvis
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 Health Department – 9501 Lucy Corr Circle
- Chesterfield County Department of Mental Health Support Services – 6801 Lucy Corr Blvd.
- Chesterfield County Police Department
- Police Administration Building Lobby Desk, 10001 Iron Bridge Road
o Midlothian Station: 20 North Providence Road
o Chester Station: 2920 West Hundred Road
o Hull Street Station: 6812 Woodlake Commons Loop
o Falling Creek Station: 5701 Jefferson Davis Highway
- Chesterfield County Sheriff’s Office, Community Outreach Office, Main Courts Building, – 9500 Courthouse Road
- Chesterfield County Administration Building Lobby Desk – 9901 Lori Road, Chesterfield
- Chesterfield County Parks and Recreation
o Bensley Recreation Center, 2900 Drewry’s Bluff Road
o Ettrick Recreation Center, 20621 Woodpecker Road
o Stonebridge Recreation Center, 230 Karl Linn Drive, North Chesterfield
- Chesterfield County Public Library locations:
o Bon Air Library – 9103 Rattlesnake Road
o Chester Library – 11800 Centre St.
o Clover Hill Library – 6701 Deer Run Drive
o Enon Library – 1801 Enon Church Road
o Ettrick-Matoaca Library – 4501 River Road
o LaPrade Library – 9000 Hull Street Road
o Meadowdale Library – 4301 Meadowdale Blvd.
o Midlothian Library – 521 Coalfield Road
o North Courthouse Road Library – 325 Courthouse Road
o Health Department – 200 Highland Avenue
o Office on Youth and Human Services, 201 James Ave.
o Food Pantry, 530 Southpark Blvd.
- 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.