11/05/2018 | News release | Distributed by Public on 11/05/2018 15:49
In this age of opioid addiction, reduce the danger lurking in your medicine cabinet and safely dispose of unused medications in multiple ways. In addition, flushing medications can contaminate the water supply and unused medications thrown in the trash can be found by children and pets.
1.Use a Permanent Dropbox or Drug Take Back Day
2. Get a Deactivation Kit
Deactivation kits contain a substance that neutralizes medications. Fairfax County offers deactivation kits. To use:
You can pick up a drug disposal kit at Fairfax County Health Department offices (when supplies are available) and other drug disposal kit distribution locations. Before visiting a Health Department office, please call to confirm that kits are available.
3. Mix Medications with an Inedible Substance and Throw in the Trash
Check the pill bottle for any instructions on proper disposal. If none are present, follow these steps:
4. Guidance for Sharps Disposal
Sharps are more commonly known as needles and syringes. Use the following steps for disposal of this home generated medical waste:
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