Proper Disposal of Unused Medications
Drug Take Back Day
The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office partners with local police departments and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in the annual "Take-Back" initiative that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft.
Loudoun County residents will be able to discard potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at seven sites in the county on the next Take Back Day, which will be posted on this webpage.
The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Since the inception of the DEA take-back program in 2010, over 8,000 pounds of unwanted and unused prescription medications have been collected in Loudoun County.
More information from the DEA about the program is online.
Note: Medical "sharps," such as needles and syringes, are not accepted at Take Back events. Information from the Food and Drug Administration on how to safely dispose of used needles and other sharps is online.
Sheriff's Office Receives Grant for Four Drug Collection Units
In addition to the Take Back event, drug collection units are available every day at four of the Loudoun County Sheriff's Office's stations to provide residents with a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances. The drug collection units were awarded through a grant from CVS pharmacy.
The units are intended to reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in residents' homes and decrease prescription drug abuse, which has soared in recent years, especially among teenagers. More than 70% of teenagers say it is easy to get prescription drugs from their parents' medicine cabinets, according to a 2014 Partnership for Drug-Free Kids study.
Also, the Leesburg Police Department has a Drug Collection Unit available 24 hours a day, seven-days a week. Unwanted or expired medication can be dropped off at the unit which is located at the Leesburg Police Department Headquarters, 65 Plaza Street, northeast in Leesburg. Drugs can be dropped off with no questions asked. View or print an Medication Disposal Drop Box Flier (PDF) Opens a New Window. about the medication disposal drop box.
The Sheriff's Office drug collection units are located at the:
- Ashburn Station
20272 Savin Hill Drive, Ashburn
- Dulles South Public Safety Center
25216 Loudoun County Parkway, Chantilly
- Eastern Loudoun Station
46620 East Frederick Drive, Sterling
- Western Loudoun Sheriff Station
47 W Loudoun Street, Round Hill
The drop box is intended to reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in residents' homes and decrease prescription drug abuse, which has soared in recent years, especially among teenagers. The new unit will also help prevent the contamination of local landfills and water supplies from unused medication.
Safely Dispose of Unwanted & Unused Medication
National 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.
- Safely dispose of medications in your trash.
- Use authorized collector or mail-back program.