Chesterfield County offering pouches to safely dispose of medication

CHESTERFIELD COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Chesterfield County is launching a campaign to raise awareness about the importance of properly disposing of prescription drugs. The theme, “Don’t be an Accidental Drug Dealer,” encourages citizens to pick up free medication disposal pouches throughout the county.

“It’s extraordinarily common that people get a prescription and then they don’t use it because of the side effects or they didn’t feel like they needed it anymore so we find that most people have some kind of prescription drug stored away,” said Melissa Ackley with Chesterfield Mental Health Support Services.

More than 6,000 Deterra drug disposal pouches are available. One pouch can 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.

“A lot of people think that they’ll just flush them down the toilet but that is bad for the environment,” said Ackley.

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.

Pick-up locations:

  • Chesterfield County Health Department, 9501 Lucy Corr Circle
  • Chesterfield County Department of Mental Health Support Services, 6801 Lucy Corr Blvd.
  • Police Administration Building Lobby Desk, 10001 Iron Bridge Road
  • Midlothian Police Station: 20 North Providence Road
  • Chester Police Station: 2920 West Hundred Road
  • Hull Street Police Station: 6812 Woodlake Commons Loop
  • Falling Creek Police 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
  • Bensley Recreation Center, 2900 Drewry’s Bluff Road
  • Ettrick Recreation Center, 20621 Woodpecker Road
  • Stonebridge Recreation Center, 230 Karl Linn Drive, North Chesterfield
  • Bon Air Library – 9103 Rattlesnake Road
  • Chester Library – 11800 Centre St.
  • 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 Blvd.
  • Midlothian Library – 521 Coalfield Road
  • North Courthouse Road Library – 325 Courthouse Road
  • Colonial Heights
    • Health Department – 200 Highland Avenue
    • Office on Youth and Human Services, 201 James Ave.
    • Food Pantry, 530 Southpark Blvd.
  • Powhatan County Health Department – 3908 Buckingham Road, Suite No.1

The campaign will culminate with a Medication Take-Back event, hosted by the Chesterfield County Police Department on Wednesday, March 14, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., at the Chesterfield County Fairgrounds, 10300 Courthouse Road.