Drug Takeback - Virginia

What to do with Leftover Medicines

Virginia

Follow the links below to find options for leftover medication take-back locations in your state. Those with the most information are listed first.

Indicates that a collection site is located within a police station/law enforcement facility.

This type of site generally accepts controlled substances.

Indicates that a collection site is located within a pharmacy.

This type of site does NOT accept controlled substances.


Dispose My Meds

By entering your zip code in the search field of this locator tool, you can find over 20 take-back locations at community pharmacies across Virginia. Additionally the National Community Pharmacists Association (NCPA) offers Dispose My Meds information and resources to help pharmacies create programs that allow patients to safely dispose of unused and expired medicines. Click here for a full list of NCPA’s partners supporting this effort.

Note: Pharmacy collection sites listed here cannot accept controlled substances.

Earth 911

Earth911.com is a website dedicated to providing resources for those who want to reduce the amount of waste they generate. Earth 911 operates a recycling site locator that allows residents to search for medication take-back programs within 25 miles of their zip code. Look for the "Recycling Locator” section near the middle of the webpage, and then enter your zip code.

Note: Pharmacy collection sites listed here cannot accept controlled substances. Most law enforcement agencies generally accept controlled substances. However, residents are encouraged to contact collection sites beforehand to inquire about what type of medications are not accepted and to confirm hours of operation.

The American Medicine Chest Challenge

Use this interactive map tool to find medication take-back locations at law enforcement agencies in Virginia. The American Medicine Chest Challenge (AMCC) is a community-based public health initiative, in partnership with local law enforcement, designed to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse. The initiative also organizes a nationwide day of pharmaceutical waste disposal on the second Saturday of November each year in communities across the country. Click here for a list of AMCC’s partners supporting this effort.

Note: Most law enforcement agencies generally accept controlled substances. However, residents are encouraged to contact collection sites beforehand to inquire about what type of medications are not accepted and to confirm hours of operation.

Rx Drug Drop Box

This map-based site lists medication take-back locations at law enforcement agencies in Virginia. Rx Drug Drop Box is a program launched by the National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators (NADDI), a nonprofit that facilitates cooperation between law enforcement, healthcare professionals, state regulatory agencies, and pharmaceutical manufacturers in the investigation and prevention of prescription drug abuse and diversion.

Note: Most law enforcement agencies generally accept controlled substances. However, residents are encouraged to contact sites beforehand to inquire about what type of medications are not accepted and to confirm hours of operation.

TO DONATE PACKAGED DRUGS: Drug Donation, Virginia

Any pharmacy can register as a donation site. Donated drugs must be sealed in their original containers (drugs can be in single-use sealed packaging) and within 90 days of their expiration date. Drugs must not be altered in any way (no misbranded drugs or drugs that were improperly stored). A list of pharmacies registered in this program can be found here. Drugs donated to this program go to aid free clinics and those in need.

Note: This program cannot accept most controlled substances (Schedule II-V). Residents interested in using this program are strongly urged to contact collection sites beforehand to inquire as to which medications can and cannot be accepted.

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