The Office of Attorney General has secured a donation of 80,000 drug deactivation kits. These kits are available NOW at the following locations, including:
Chesterfield Health Dept.
9501 Lucy Corr Circle
Chesterfield, VA 23803
Chesterfield County Police Dept. Substation
2730 Hicks Road
Chesterfield, VA 23235
A Safe Medication Disposal Kiosk is available at Walgreens Pharmacy
4201 Meadowdale Blvd.
North Chesterfield, VA 23234
Open 24 hours
SAFE, Virginia Department of Health and Chesterfield County Police Department are working to obtain another 3,500 of these drug deactivation kits in order to distribute them in the community. Click here to read more about the press release and more about the kits themselves.
Prescription Drug Abuse
The abuse of prescription drugs and over-the-counter cough medicines is the fastest growing form of substance abuse. Locking your medications and disposing of unneeded medications are two important ways of helping prevent access to those who might abuse them.
Medication Take Backs
Medication take-back events provide an environmentally safe way to dispose of unneeded medications and keep them from being diverted for possible misuse.
What can you bring? Expired and unused over-the-counter medications and prescription drugs. NO NEEDLES/SHARPS! Leave medications in original containers. Questions? Call SAFE at 796-7100.
Although take-backs provide the most environmentally friendly way to dispose of medications, if you can’t make a take-back event, there are safe ways for you to dispose of your medications at home.
The Chesterfield Police Department, in partnership with SAFE, has collected over 16,000 pounds of medications, from 3,515 citizens, since take-back events began in 2010.
Nationally, prescription drug abuse kills more teens than cocaine, heroin and methamphetamines combined.
The 2014 survey of youth in Chesterfield County revealed that the percentage of youths abusing prescription narcotics, stimulants, sedatives and tranquilizers is still above national averages, but the data does show some decline in the percentage of medication abuse among students since our 2012 survey. More Chesterfield youths are still abusing over-the-counter medications, such as cough medicine, more than are abusing prescription medications.
Friends and family are the most common source of medications misused by youths in the U.S. Around 70 percent of youths who reported misusing prescription stimulants, tranquilizers or sedatives in the past year said that they most recently obtained the medication from friends or family, with or without their permission.
What can parents do?
- Educate yourself: Learn what types of prescription drugs can be abused. Ask the doctor or pharmacist when you receive a prescription whether it has potential for abuse.
- Talk with your teen: Find out what they know about prescription drug or cough medicine abuse. Teens often think that prescription drugs are safer than street drugs, which is not true.
- Set clear rules: Tell your teen to never take medications that have not been prescribed for them, share their medications with others or take their own medications in greater quantities than prescribed.
- Safeguard all drugs at home: Control access by keeping prescription drugs in a locked container or cabinet, especially pain pills, anti-anxiety meds, anti-depressants, sleeping pills, stimulants such as Adderal and other abusable meds such as over-the-counter cough medicines, and monitor quantities. Ask friends and family to safeguard their medications as well.
- Dispose of old or unused medicines: Do not flush drugs down the toilet. Mix with an undesirable substance such as used coffee grounds, place in a sealed bag or container and discard in the trash. Better yet, take them to a medication take-back.