Monday, November 9, 2015

Fauquier Health Reschedules Unused Medication and Sharps Collection for November 21

Fauquier Health has rescheduled an Unused Medication and Sharps Collection event – originally set for October – for Saturday, November 21, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. A free service of Fauquier Health, the program helps residents of Fauquier County and surrounding areas safely dispose of used medication or medical “sharps” such as needles, syringes and lancets, reducing risk to families and waste management and landfill staff. Residents may stop by the Medical Office Building on Hospital Hill (253 Veterans Drive in Warrenton) to safely dispose of unused medication and sharps.

Margaret Rowe, director of Fauquier Hospital’s Pharmacy, said, “Our collection events are an easy and safe way for the general public to dispose of their unused medication and sharps. Correct disposal of medication and sharps is not only environmentally friendly; it also protects members of our community from accidental ingestion of medications, and prevents controlled substances that have abuse potential from falling into the wrong hands.”

To help make this day a success, please remember:
  • Medicine should be in original packaging if possible.
  • Personal information should be blacked out with a marker.
  • Return sharps in rigid plastic or metal containers; no soft-sided containers that sharps can penetrate.
  • No businesses or doctor’s offices, please.

The collection effort is sponsored by Fauquier Health and the Warrenton Police Department. For more information, call 540-316-3588.