Unused Medicine Disposal Resources

Permanent Prescription Drug Disposal Locations

To help residents dispose of unused/expired medicines, the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) maintains a database of permanent locations where you can dispose of unwanted prescription drugs and other items.

Fairfax County has created a map of drop off locations throughout the region where year round expired/unwanted prescription drugs can be safely disposed of. You can find the map by clicking here.

At these locations you can drop off the following:

  • Prescriptions
  • Prescription Patches
  • Prescription Medicines
  • Prescription Ointments
  • Over-the-counter medications
  • Vitamins
  • Samples
  • Medications for pets

The following are NOT accepted:

  • Thermometers
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Inhalers
  • Aerosol Cans
  • Ointments, Lotions or Fluids
  • Medication from Businesses
  • Needles/EpiPens (Sharps)

Other On-Line Resources

US Food & Drug Administration
Disposal of Unused Medicines: What You Should Know

US Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA)
Drug Disposal Information

Virginia Department of Health
How to Dispose of Unused Medicine

Treatment Information

The Commonwealth of Virginia provides a web site intended as a comprehensive resource for all Virginians in the fight against opioid misuse and overdose throughout the Commonwealth.