Loudoun County, Va. (September 22, 2014) – The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Town of Leesburg Police Department, 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 27, 2014, from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m., 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, 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 1000 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. “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,” Loudoun Sheriff Chapman said.
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. “The Leesburg Police Department is proud to partner with the National Take-Back Day and its effort to reduce prescription drug abuse and with one goal in mind to reducing the incidence and impact of prescription drug abuse in the Leesburg community,” stated Leesburg Police Chief Joseph Price.
Collection sites in every local community can be found by going to www.dea.gov. This site will be continuously updated with new take-back locations.