Prescription and over-the-counter drugs that are improperly handled can cause problems in the community, so it’s important to be judicious in their disposal.
Unused medications that are casually thrown away can end up in the wrong hands and lead to accidental poisoning, overdose, abuse and addiction. Flushing unused medication is not a good option either, as it’s possible that they will get into the environment and the water supply.
On Saturday, Oct. 27, the Prince William County Police Department, in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Administration, will participate in the DEA National Rx Take-Back program between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. at several locations across the county.
People who have unused or expired medications can take them to The Charlie T. Deane Central District Police Station at 5036 Davis Ford Road, Novant Health UVA Health System Haymarket Medical Center at 15225 Heathcote Blvd., and Novant Health UVA Health System Prince William Medical Center at 8700 Sudley Road.
Drugs that can be turned in include prescription and over-the-counter medications, tablets and capsules, as well as pet medications, said Prince William Police Sgt. Sarah Rolle.
Drugs that may not be dropped off include injectables, syringes and EpiPens. Contact the Prince William County Solid Waste Management Division for ways to dispose of those items.
Intravenous solutions, hydrogen peroxide, compressed cylinders or aerosols, iodine-containing medications and thermometers will not be accepted. Alcohol and illicit drugs such marijuana, heroin, LSD, methamphetamine and others will not be accepted either.
Medications to be turned in should be sealed in containers such as the original bottle or in sealed zip-lock bags. Liquid medications should remain in their original containers. People should remove personal information from the packaging or mark it out with a permanent marker.
Rolle said the medications will be taken to Virginia State Police Headquarters in Fairfax County where they will be safely incinerated.
Other partners participating in the Take-Back include Manassas City Police, Sentara Healthcare and the Prince William Crime Prevention Council.
For more information, visit pwcgov.org/police.