|A Medsaway Pouch from Mallinckrodt Pharmaceuticals.|
The easy-to-use kits deactivate the drugs so they can be safely thrown out along with your regular trash.
One of the places to pick up a free kit is the Health Department’s Annandale District Office, 7611 Little River Turnpike, Suite 400E (East Wing). Call ahead to confirm availability, 703-534-8343.
In Virginia, prescription opioid overdose deaths have risen 44 percent between 2007 and 2015, from 399 deaths to 576, according to the Office of the Attorney General. National surveys show most adults who use opioids expect to have leftover medications, and many users of prescription pain pills admit to getting them from friends and relatives.
Many users switch to heroin when opioids become too hard to get or too expensive. There were 342 heroin overdose deaths in Virginia (including 18 in Fairfax County) in 2015, a 600 percent increase from 2010.
Information and resources on heroin and opiate addiction, including where to find treatment in Fairfax County, is available from the Community Services Board, 703-383-8500.