Disposing Unused Medicine

Disposing of unused medications can often be confusing and frustrating. Here are two simple ways to dispose of your medication safely.

Annual Disposal Event in September


The City of Manassas Police Department participates in National Drug Take Back Day. This event is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency and offers a safe and secure way of disposing of prescription medications for residents. The event is on April 29, 2017 at Novant Prince William Medical Center.

Prescription Drug Disposal Guidance


The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provides guidelines for the safe disposal of medication at home.

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Disposing on prescription medication:
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  1. Mix medicines (do not crush tablets or capsules) with an unpalatable substance such as dirt, kitty litter, or used coffee grounds;
  2. Place the mixture in a container such as a sealed plastic bag;
  3. Throw the container in your household trash;
  4. Scratch out all personal information on the prescription label of your empty pill bottle or empty medicine packaging to make it unreadable, then dispose of the container.
Disposing of sharps:
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  1. Clip the tip of the sharp or re-cap;
  2. Slip the sharp into a heavy-duty, leak-resistant plastic container;
  3. When container is 3/4 full, seal closed and label “hazardous residential sharps”;
  4. Throw the container in your household trash.