Home Drug disposal kits now available throughout Virginia

Drug disposal kits now available throughout Virginia


virginia logoBeginning today, Virginians with excess or unused prescription opioids or other drugs can pick up a drug deactivation kit at one of dozens of locations throughout the Commonwealth.

Attorney General Mark R. Herring secured the donation of 80,000 drug deactivation kits capable of safely disposing of 3.6 million leftover prescription pills as part of his comprehensive strategy to address the heroin and prescription opioid crisis. Kits are being distributed at Virginia Department of Health Clinics, Community Service Boards, and law enforcement, healthcare, and nonprofit agencies in every community in Virginia. The list of distribution sites is listed below, as well as an interactive map of sites, and Virginians are encouraged to call before going to pick up a kit to confirm availability.

“Disposing of unused and unneeded prescriptions is an important part of fighting the opioid crisis that so often starts in the medicine cabinet with abuse or misuse of otherwise legally prescribed painkillers,” said Attorney General Herring. “These kits are going to make it easy for Virginians to safely and quickly dispose of excess prescriptions before they can be abused, misused, or accidentally ingested. I’m really glad we were able to make these so widely available through our partnership with VDH and other community partners around the Commonwealth.”

All kits are available at no charge to Virginians or the Commonwealth. Approximately 50,000 kits are being distributed in partnership with the Virginia Department of Health, while an additional 30,000 are being distributed through local hospitals, law enforcement agencies, pharmacies, and nonprofits that applied to distribute kits.

There is a strong link between misuse of prescription opioids, opioid addiction, and even later use of heroin once prescriptions become too expensive or are no longer accessible.

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse:

  • Half of young people who used heroin got started by abusing prescription opioids.
  • One in fifteen individuals who misuse prescription opioid painkillers will try heroin within 10 years.
  • The number of opioid prescriptions has nearly tripled over the last 25 years, and the United States now accounts for nearly 100 percent of the world’s hydrocodone prescriptions and 81 percent for oxycodone.
  • The number of Americans abusing heroin nearly doubled from 2007 to 2012, with nearly 700,000 now abusing heroin.
  • In Virginia, abuse and overdose deaths continue to rise:
  • Prescription opioid overdose deaths have risen 44 percent between 2007 and 2015, from 399 deaths to 576.
  • Heroin overdose deaths have risen more than 600 percent between 2010 and 2015, from 48 to 342.
  • Fentanyl deaths have risen 367 percent from 2007 to 2015, from 48 to 224.
  • More than 500 people went to a Virginia emergency room from a heroin overdose in the first four months of 2016, a 250% increase over 2015.

Attorney General Herring has made combating the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic a top priority, attacking the problem with a multifaceted approach that includes enforcementeducation, prevention, and legislation to encourage reporting of overdoses in progress, expand the availability of naloxone, and expand access to the Prescription Monitoring Program. He has supported federal efforts to improve the availability of treatment and recovery resources and recently partnered with U.S. Attorney Dana Boente to create the Hampton Roads Heroin Working Group to develop holistic, community-driven solutions to the heroin and opioid crisis.

Kits are available at the following locations throughout the Commonwealth, and Virginians are encouraged to contact the distribution partner to ensure kits are still available.



Central Shenandoah Health Districts
1414 N Augusta St Staunton VA 24402
Rockbridge Community Service Board
241 Greenhouse Rd Lexington VA 24450
Great Augusta Prevention Partners
900 Nelson St Staunton VA 24401
Central Shenandoah Valley Office on Youth
413 Port Republic Road Waynesboro, VA 22908
Rockingham Memorial Hospital and Martha Jefferson Hospital
2010 Health Campus Dr Harrisonburg VA 22801
Rockbridge/Lexington Health District
300 White Street Lexington, VA 24450
Rockingham Harrisonburg Health District
110 North Mason Street Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Waynesboro City Health District
211 West 12th Street Waynesboro, VA 22980
Lord Fairfax Health District
10 Baker Street Winchester, VA 24402
NorthWestern Community Service Board
501 S Cameron St, Winchester, VA 22601
Frederick County Sheriffs Office
1080 Coverstone Dr, Winchester, VA 22602
Northern Shenandoah Valley Substance Abuse Coalition
Environmental Health
107 North Kent Street Suite 201 Winchester, VA 22601
Clarke County Health District
100 North Buckmarsh Street Berryville VA 22611
Page County Health District
75 Court Lane Luray VA 22835
Shenandoah County Health District
494 North Main Street Suite 100 Woodstock, VA 22664
Warren County Health District
465 West 15th Street Suite 200 Front Royal VA 22630
Greene Pharmacy
331 Main Street Standardsville, VA
Madison County Commonwealth Attorneys office
15 Court Square Madison, VA
UVA Student Health Pharmacy (*Kits will be available next week*)
400 Brandon Ave, Charlottesville, VA
Blue Ridge Poison Center at UVA (*Kits will be available next week*)
1222 Jefferson Park Ave Charlottesville VA
UVA  Hospital (*Kits will be available next week*)
PO Box 800674
Rappahannock/Rapidan Health District
450 N Madison Road Orange VA 22960
Thomas Jefferson Health District (*Kits will be available next week*)
1138 Rose Hill Dr Charlottesville VA 22903
Central VA Health District
307 Alleghany Ave Lynchburg VA 24501
Piedmont Health District
111 South St Farmville VA 23901
Horizon Behavioral Health
2215 Langhorne Road Suite 103 Lynchburg, VA 24501
PWC Community Service
7969 Ashton Ave Manassas ,VA
Arlington Community Service Board
2100 Washington Blvd, 3rd Floor, Arlington VA 22204
Alexandria Health District
4480 King St Alexandria VA 22302
Arlington Health District
2100 Washington Blvd, 2rd Floor, Arlington VA 22204
Fairfax Health District
3750 Old Lee Highway Fairfax VA 22030
Fairfax Falls Church Community Service Board
8221 Willow Oaks Corporate Drive Suite 3 East Fairfax VA 22031
Rappahannock Health District
1320 Central Park Blvd Suite 300 Fredericksburg VA
Loudoun Health District
1 Harrison St SE Leesburg VA 20177
Fairfax County Health Department – Annandale
7611 Little River Turnpike Suite 400 E Annandale, VA 22003
Fairfax County Health Department – Herndon/Reston
1850 Cameron Glen Drive Suite 100 Reston, VA 20190
Fairfax County Health Department Mt. Vernon/Alexandria
8350 Richmond Highway Suite 233 Alexandria, VA 22309
Fairfax County Health Department – Springfield
8136 Old Keene Mill Road The Cary Building Suite A100 Springfield, VA 22152
Alexandria Health District – Casey Health Center Pharmacy
1200 North Howard Street Alexandria VA 22304
Cumberland Plateau Health District
224 Clydesway Drive Lebanon VA 24266
Lenowisco Health District
134 Roberts Ave SW Wise VA 24293
Mount Rogers Health District (*Kits will be available next week*)
201 Francis Marion Lane Marion VA 24354
New River Health District
210 South Pepper St Suite A Christiansburg VA 24073
Roanoke Health District
1502 Williamson Road Roanoke VA 24012
Mount Rogers Community Service Board
540 West Main Street Wytheville VA 24382
Dickenson County Behavioral Health
440 Fox Town Road Clintwood VA 24228
Abingdon Police Department (*Kits will be available next week*)
425 West Main Street Abingdon, VA
Food City Pharmacy (*Kits will be available next week*)
145 West Lee Highway Chilhowie, VA
New Horizons Healthcare Clinic
3716 Melrose Ave NW Roanoke VA
Roanoke Police Department
5925 Cove Road Roanoke VA
Washington County Sheriff’s Office (*Kits will be available next week*)
20281 Rustic Lane Abingdon VA
Bristol Dept of Social Services (*Kits will be available next week*)
621 Washington Street Bristol VA
Highland Community Services (*Kits will be available next week*)
610 Campus Drive Abingdon VA
Roanoke Sheriff’s Office
340 Campbell Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 24016
Twin County Prevention Coalition
6999 Carrollton Pike, Suite 1, Galax, VA 24333
Prevention Council of Roanoke
5937 Cove Rd. Roanoke, VA 24019
Frontier Health
43 Champions Ave, Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
Appalachian Coalition for Substance Abuse
113 Cumberland Road, Cedar Bluff, VA 24609
Washington County Prevention Coalition
610 Campus Drive, Abingdon, VA
Lee County Health Department
134 Hill Street Jonesville VA 24263
Scott County Health Department
190 Beech Street Suite 102 Gate City VA 24251



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