Proper Disposal of Unused Medications
Sheriff’s Office Receives Grant for Four Drug Collection Units
The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office announces that drug collection units are now available at three of the agency’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 new 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,
- Eastern Loudoun Station, 46620 East Frederick Drive in Sterling and
- University Station, 45299 Research Place, #100, in Ashburn.
A collection unit will also be placed in Round Hill upon the completion of the Western Loudoun Station.
The announcement comes just a week after another successful Prescription Drug “Take-Back” Day in Loudoun County, where residents can discard potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction.
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.
It provides Loudoun County residents with a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances. 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.
1. Safely dispose of medications in your trash.
2. Use authorized collector or mail-back program.