If you have unused prescription drugs lying around your home, you are urged to safely dispose of them to eliminate the risk of them falling into the wrong hands.
To assist residents with that task, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration and the Middleburg Police Department in the “Take-Back” initiative that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Loudoun County residents can discard potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction on from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 28 at four locations:
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 Ave. in Lovettsville
Middleburg Town Hall
10 W. Marshall St. in Middleburg
Since the inception of the DEA Take-Back program in 2010, nearly 10,000 pounds of unwanted and unused prescription medications have been collected in Loudoun County.
“Recent research has shown that over 75 percent of Americans using heroin were introduced to opioids through prescription medication,” Loudoun County Sheriff Mike 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.”
In addition to the Take-Back event, drug collection units are available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Dulles South, Eastern Loudoun, University Station and Western Loudoun LCSO stations.
LCSO asks residents to please share these locations and dates to help promote safe disposal of unwanted and unused medication. All too often prescriptions are flushed down the toilet or thrown away – both potential safety and health hazards.