6 Reasons to Dispose of Your Expired Prescription Medications

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Why should you dispose of prescription medications?

Six reasons:

  1. Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse.
  2. The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends – and the home medicine cabinet.
  3. Pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or a doctor’s supervision.
  4. The non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in America.
  5. Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold.
  6. Unused drugs that are flushed contaminate the water supply. Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment.


Drug Disposal Kits Available at Health Department Offices and Other Locations

To safely dispose of prescription meds, you can pick up a biodegradable drug disposal kit at any of our Health Department’s clinics or through the Fairfax-Falls Church Community Service Board’s REVIVE! classes, while supplies last.


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