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Prescription Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 26, in Loudoun County

During the last drive, law enforcement agencies collected almost 750 pounds of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

Prescription Take-Back Day in Loudoun County April 26. Patch file.
Prescription Take-Back Day in Loudoun County April 26. Patch file.
Also read: Police Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs

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The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Town of Leesburg Police Department, Town of Purcellville Police Department, and the Town of Middleburg Police Department have once again partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in the “Take-Back” initiative that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft.

April 26th, from 10AM – 2PM, law enforcement agencies in Loudoun County will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at five sites in the county.  The sites include, the Eastern Loudoun Sheriff’s Station located at 46620 East Frederick Drive in Sterling, the Dulles South Public Safety Center located at 25216 Loudoun County Parkway in South Riding, the Lansdowne Public Safety Center located at 19845 Sandridge Way in Lansdowne, the Leesburg Police Department located at 65 Plaza Street in Leesburg, the Purcellville Police Department collection site will be located at Bush Tabernacle, 250 South Nursery Avenue in Purcellville and the Middleburg Police Department collection site will be at the Middleburg Community Center, located at 300 West Washington Street in Middleburg. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

During the last initiative Loudoun County law enforcement agencies collected almost 750 pounds of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction. Sheriff Mike Chapman, a former Special Agent with the US Drug Enforcement Administration, says the program addresses a critical public safety and health issue. “Thirty-seven percent of overdose cases worked so far this year are directly attributed to prescription drugs,” said Sheriff Chapman. “We want to make sure any unused and unwanted medications are taken off of our streets, as they often fall into the wrong hands and are misused or abused,” Chapman added.

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. 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.  “As the abuse of prescription drugs remains an issue in our community, we are encouraging all citizens to take advantage of this free opportunity to properly dispose of expired or unwanted prescription medications,” stated Leesburg Police Chief Joseph Price.

Collection sites in every local community can be found by going to www.dea.govThis site will be continuously updated with new take-back locations.

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