October 22, 2016

Every year, unwanted or expired medications are flushed down the toilet or thrown away, which can cause problems like water pollution and accidental ingestion in our communities. Flushing unused medications seemed like a safe way to dispose prescriptions in order to keep them out of the wrong hands, but these compounds are finding their way into our waterways. 

Most medicines are not completely removed by wastewater treatment processes or septic systems.

To help combat this problem, the Drug Enforcement Administration is sponsoring National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This serves as a safe, convenient and responsible way of disposing prescription drugs. 

There are several convenient 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.