Loudoun County residents can discard old and unwanted prescription drugs Saturday, Oct. 28.
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration in the “Take-Back” initiative that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft.
Residents can discard potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction on 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at four sites in the county:
- Eastern Loudoun Sheriff’s Station, 46620 East Frederick Drive in Sterling.
- Dulles South Public Safety Center, 25216 Loudoun County Parkway in South Riding.
- Lansdowne Public Safety Center, 19845 Sandridge Way in Lansdowne.
- Lovettsville Town Hall, 6 E. Pennsylvania Avenue in Lovettsville
The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Residents are also advised that throwing away or flushing prescription medicines down the toilet can both present potential safety and health hazards. The take-back days are the safest way to dispose of unwanted prescription medications.
Since the inception of the DEA take-back program in 2010, more than 8,000 pounds of unwanted and unused prescription medications have been collected in Loudoun County.
In addition to the Take-Back event, drug collection units are available from 8:30 a.m.to 5 p.m. at four locations.
The drug collection units are located at the:
- Dulles South Public Safety Center, 25216 Loudoun County Parkway in South Riding. The telephone number is 571-258-3200.
- Eastern Loudoun Station, 46620 E. Frederick Drive in Sterling. The telephone number is 571-258-3356.
- University Station, 45299 Research Place, Suite No. 100 in Ashburn. The telephone number is 571-258-3000.
- Western Loudoun Sheriff Station, 47 W. Loudoun St. in Round Hill. The telephone number is 571-258-3750.
Loudoun County Sheriff Michael Chapman said it is important that people get rid of prescription medications they are not using.
“Recent research has shown that nearly 75 percent of Americans using heroin were introduced to opioids through prescription medication,” Chapman said. “It is imperative we remove any unused and unwanted medications from our homes, as most opioid users often get access to prescription medications from friends and relatives.