Proper Disposal of Unused Medications
Next Drug Take Back Day is October 27, 2018
Loudoun County regularly participates in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) “Take-Back” initiative that aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications. Since the inception of the DEA take-back program in 2010, over 8,000 pounds of unwanted and unused prescription medications have been collected in Loudoun County.
Loudoun County residents will be able to discard potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction on that day at several sites in the county. Details will be posted closer to the date of the event.
Note: Medical "sharps," such as needles and syringes, are not accepted at Take Back events. Information from the Food and Drug Administration on how to safely dispose of used needles and other sharps is online here.
Dispose of Unwanted Prescription Drugs Year-Round
In addition to the Take Back event, drug collection units are available every day at four of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office
stations to provide residents with a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances.
The drug collection units are located at the:
Leesburg Police Department
- Ashburn Station, 20272 Savin Hill Drive, Ashburn, 571-258-3000
- Dulles South Public Safety Center, 25216 Loudoun County Parkway, Chantilly, 571-258-3200.
- Eastern Loudoun Station, 46620 East Frederick Drive, Sterling, 571-258-3356.
- Western Loudoun Sheriff Station, 47 W. Loudoun Street in Round Hill, 571-258-3750.
The Leesburg Police Department
has a Drug Collection Unit available 24 hours a day, seven-days a week. Unwanted or expired medication can be dropped off at the unit which is located at the Leesburg Public Safety Center, 65 Plaza Street, N.E. in Leesburg. Drugs can be dropped off with no questions asked.
Inova Loudoun Hospital
Inova Loudoun Hospital, 44045 Riverside Parkway, in Leesburg, has a drug collection box located at the South Hospital Entrance near the concierge desk. Learn more about Inova drop-off locations
Safely Dispose of Unwanted and Unused Medication
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.
1. Safely dispose of medications in your trash.
2. Use authorized collector or mail-back program.