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Law Enforcement to Hold Locally Run Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
Posted on Apr 9th, 2015
Loudoun County, VA- Local law enforcement agencies are partnering for the first-ever locally run Prescription Drug “Take-Back” Day in Loudoun County in April. The Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office, Town of Leesburg Police Department, the Town of Middleburg Police Department, and the Town of Purcellville Police Department will implement the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) initiative that was established to prevent increased pill abuse and theft.
The event will be held Saturday, April 25th from 10AM - 2PM at six locations in Loudoun 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, the Middleburg Police Department located at the Middleburg Town Hall, 10 W. Marshall Street, Middleburg, VA and the Purcellville Police Department collection site will be located at Bush Tabernacle, 250 South Nursery Avenue in Purcellville.
Since the inception of the DEA take-back program in 2010, over 5,000 pounds of unwanted and unused prescription medications have been taken off the streets of Loudoun County. The DEA held their final national take-back day in September 2014.
“The program addresses a critical public safety and health issue,” said Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman. “Fifty-percent of overdose cases worked this year are directly attributed to prescription drugs. These unused and unwanted medications often fall into the wrong hands and are misused or abused, and they should be disposed of properly,” added Sheriff Chapman.
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. “As the abuse of prescription drugs remains an issue in our community, we are encouraging all citizens to take advantage of this free opportunity to properly dispose of expired or unwanted prescription medications,” stated Leesburg Police Chief Joseph Price.
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.