Ashburn, VA (September 20, 2015) – The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and the Town of Purcellville 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.
Law enforcement agencies in Loudoun County will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction on September 26th, from 10AM – 2PM, at four 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; and the Purcellville Police Department collection site will be located at Bush Tabernacle, 250 South Nursery Avenue in Purcellville. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
During the last initiative Loudoun County law enforcement agencies collected over 1100 pounds of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction. “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,” said Loudoun Sheriff Chapman. Sheriff Chapman, a former Special Agent with the US Drug Enforcement Administration, says the program addresses a critical public safety and health issue.
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. “It is our goal to make our homes and communities safer by providing a method to dispose of these drugs,” said Chief Cynthia McAlister of the Town of Purcellville Police Department. “Research shows that addiction can begin when prescription drugs are used inappropriately and get into the wrong hands,” Chief McAlister added.
In addition, many residents 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.
Collection sites in every local community can be found by going to http://www.dea.gov. This site will be continuously updated with new take-back locations.