The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office has drug collection units available at several locations throughout the county, providing residents with a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances.
In addition, the Leesburg Police Department has a drug collection unit available for at the Leesburg Police Department Headquarters, 65 Plaza Street, northeast in Leesburg.
The units are intended to reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in residents’ homes and decrease prescription drug abuse, which has soared in recent years, especially among teenagers. More than 70% of teenagers say it is easy to get prescription drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinets, according to a Partnership for Drug-Free Kids study.
Drugs can be dropped off with no questions asked. View or print an Medication Disposal Drop Box Flier (PDF) about the medication disposal drop box.
National studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away - both potential safety and health hazards.