Healthy Living Spotlight: Practicing Medication Safety

April 20, 2021

Medications are often an essential part of healing from illness or injury and managing ongoing conditions. They can also create a serious risk to your health and the health of others when improperly disposed of or used incorrectly. You can practice safe medication habits by taking these simple steps:

  • Take your medications only as prescribed by your provider, and don’t share them with anyone.
  • Tightly secure the cap on your medicine bottles, and keep medicines in a safe and locked location out of the reach of children and out of sight from friends and visitors.
  • Safely dispose of unused or expired medications by bringing them to a designated medication drop box. The nearest drop box locations in Galax, Grayson and Carroll are:
    • Police Dept - 353 North Main St. Galax VA 24333
    • CVS Pharmacy - 100 Meadow St, Galax VA 24333
    • Walmart Pharmacy- 1140 E Stuart Dr, Galax VA 24333

Following these tips will help keep you, your home and our community safe. For more information about safe medication use, visit