Why should you dispose of prescription medications?
- Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse.
- The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends – and the home medicine cabinet.
- Pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or a doctor’s supervision.
- The non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in America.
- Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold.
- Unused drugs that are flushed contaminate the water supply. Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment.
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.
— FairfaxCounty Health (@fairfaxhealth) April 8, 2017