Principals' Memo No. 1004-15

Department of Education

June 30, 2015

TO:  Principals

FROM:  John W. Haun, Chief Academic Officer/Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

SUBJECT:  Proper Medication Disposal Methods

A common method of medication disposal is to flush unwanted drugs. The purpose of this memo is to encourage you to provide proper disposal information to your school nurses and parents and to ensure the inclusion of proper medication disposal in the school setting in school division medication administration policy and protocol.

On their Web site, the Food and Drug Administration, outlines several acceptable methods of medication disposal:

Additional information on medication disposal may be found in the Manual for the Training of Public School Employees in the Administration of Medication,(Virginia Department of Education, 2006, p. 53).

Please join the effort to keep Virginia’s citizens safe and our waterways clean by encouraging the proper disposal of unwanted medications. Please ensure your school nurses and school health staff have this information and follow acceptable practices. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Tia Campbell, school health specialist, at (804) 786-8671, or by e-mail at