October 23, 2017

Water quality starts at the source which is why it is so important to properly dispose of medications and household chemicals instead of flushing them down the toilet. This can sometimes lead to problems like water pollution as most medications are not completely removed by the wastewater treatment process or septic systems.  

The Drug Enforcement Administration is sponsoring National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, October 28th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Take this opportunity to safely and conveniently dispose of unwanted or expired prescription drugs that you may have in your home. 

Last year, according to the DEA, 40,468 pounds of prescription drugs were collected in the District of Columbia, and the states of Maryland and Virginia. Last April Americans turned in 450 tons (900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at almost 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 13 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 8.1 million pounds—more than 4,050 tons—of pills.

There are several locations in Loudoun County where expired and unwanted medications will be accepted including: 

  1. Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Dulles South Public Safety Center 
    Front Lobby Area | 25216 Loudoun Parkway, Chantilly, VA 20152               

  2. Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Eastern Loudoun Station
    Front Lobby Area | 46620 East Frederick Drive, Sterling, VA 20164               

  3. Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office  Landsdowne Public Safety Center   
    Front Lobby |19845 Sandridge Way, Leesburg, VA 20176    

  4. Leesburg Police Department
    Permanent Drop Off Location | 65 Plaza Street, N.E.
    Leesburg VA 20176

For more information about National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, visit the DEA's website.