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Proper Disposal of Unused Medications
Link to Drug Enforcement AdministrationNext Drug Take Back Day is April 28, 2018 
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in the “Take-Back” initiative that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft. 

Loudoun County residents will be able to discard potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction on Saturday, April 28, 2018, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at several sites in the county:

  • Eastern Loudoun Sheriff’s Station, 46620 East Frederick Drive, Sterling, VA 20164
  • Dulles South Public Safety Center, 25216 Loudoun County Parkway, South Riding, VA 20152
  • Lansdowne Public Safety Center, 19845 Sandridge Way, Lansdowne, VA 20176
  • Lovettsville Town Hall, 6 E. Pennsylvania Avenue, Lovettsville, VA 20180
  • Middleburg Town Hall, 10 W. Marshall Street, Middleburg, VA 20117

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 collected in Loudoun County.

More information from the DEA about the program is online here.

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.

 Link to flier about medication disposal
Sheriff’s Office Receives Grant for Four Drug Collection Units
In addition to the Take Back event, drug collection units are available every day at four of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office's 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 were awarded through a grant from CVS/pharmacy.

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 percent of teenagers say it is easy to get prescription drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinets, according to a 2014 Partnership for Drug-Free Kids study.

The drug collection units are located at the:
  • Dulles South Public Safety Center, 25216 Loudoun County Parkway in Chantilly 571-258-3200.
  • Eastern Loudoun Station, 46620 East Frederick Drive in Sterling           571-258-3356.
  • University Station, 45299 Research Place, #100 in Ashburn, 571-258-3000. 
  • Western Loudoun Sheriff Station, 47 W. Loudoun Street in Round Hill, 571-258-3750.

Also, 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 Police Department Headquarters, 65 Plaza Street, N.E. in Leesburg. Drugs can be dropped off with no questions asked. The link below will allow you to view or print an informational flier about the medication disposal drop box.

The drop box is 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. The new unit will also help prevent the contamination of local landfills and water supplies from unused medication. 

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. 

Other Options:
1. Safely dispose of medications in your trash.

2. Use authorized collector or mail-back program.

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