Loudoun County, VA (WUSA) - Loudoun County law enforcement officials collected nearly 600 pounds of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs that they will subsequently destroy during their "Take-Back" initiative. "Take Back" is a nationwide effort located at over 5,300 site, dedicated to "taking back" these potentially hazardous drugs. Loudon County joined on April 28th.
The nearly 600 pounds of drugs was the largest amount collected by Loudoun law officers since the initiative launched in Loudoun. The County's last initiative produced nearly 200 pounds of drugs.
The initiative encourages residents to drop off unused prescription medications at five sites throughout the county, including the Eastern Loudoun Sheriff's Station in Sterling, the Dulles South Public Safety Center in South Riding, the Lansdowne Public Safety Center on Sandridge Way in Lansdowne, the Leesburg Police Department and the Purcellville Police Department. The service is free and completely anonymous.
The Loudoun County Sheriff's Office, Town of Leesburg Police Department and the Town of Purcellville Police Department partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in the initiative to help prevent increased pill abuse and theft.