April 05, 2021

Water quality starts at the source which is why Loudoun Water and water utilities around the nation encourage the properly dispose of medications and household chemicals instead of flushing them down the toilet. Flushing medications can sometimes lead to problems like water pollution as most medications are not completely removed by the wastewater treatment process or septic systems. Proper disposal of unwanted medication will prevent consumption of the drug by people for whom the medicine was not prescribed and prevent environmental contamination of our waterways and soils.

Proper Disposal of Medication

About one-third of medicines sold to households in Washington go unused every year - that amounts to about 33 million containers per year. Unless your medicine specifically states you should dispose of it by flushing, try one of these options instead. There are three methods to dispose of unwanted medication to best protect the health of your loved ones and the environment:

  1. Drug Take-Back Days (1-2x/year),

  2. Permanent, year-round medication drop-off locations, and

  3. In the trash.

The Drug Enforcement Administration is sponsoring National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 24th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a great opportunity for residents to safely and conveniently dispose of unwanted or expired prescription drugs.

There are several locations in Loudoun County where expired and unwanted medications will be accepted including. Enter in your zip code to find a location closest to you!

More information about National Prescription Drug Take Back Day can be found on the DEA's website.