In an effort to continue to combat drug abuse and theft, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO), Middleburg Police Department and Purcellville Police Department are once again partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in a “Take-Back” initiative.
Residents can discard potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 29 at seven sites in the county including.
- Eastern Loudoun Sheriff’s Station at 46620 East Frederick Drive in Sterling
- Dulles South Public Safety Center at 25216 Loudoun County Parkway in South Riding
- Lansdowne Public Safety Center at 19845 Sandridge Way
- Lovettsville Fire Station at 12837 Berlin Turnpike
- Middleburg Police Department at 10 W. Marshall Street
- The Fireman’s Field parking lot, 250 S. Nursery Avenue in Purcellville
- Health and Wellness Fair at the Sterling Community Center, 120 Enterprise Street, in Sterling
The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Since the inception of the DEA take-back program in 2010, over 8,000 pounds of unwanted and unused prescription medications have been taken off the streets of Loudoun County, LCSO officials said.
Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman, a former Special Agent with the DEA, said the program addresses a critical public safety and health issue.
“Recent research has shown that nearly 80 percent of Americans using heroin were introduced to opioids through prescription medication. 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,” Chapman said in a release.
Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are increasing, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs, the law enforcement agencies said. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet, the LCSO said in a release.
The take-back program has been incorporated into a regional heroin initiative called the Heroin Operations Team. Formed in April 2015, HOT employs a comprehensive approach focusing on education and prevention by incorporating local, state and federal law enforcement.
Collection sites in every local community can be found on the DEA website. The site will be continuously updated with new take-back locations.