6 Reasons to Dispose of Your Expired Prescription Medications on Saturday

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This Saturday is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day when here in Fairfax County you can drop off unused or expired medications at any police station from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Find a station here:



But why should you dispose of prescription medications?

Here are 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

If you can’t participate on Saturday, then there’s another option to safely dispose of prescription meds. 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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