PURCELLVILLE, Va. October 28, 2019 — The Purcellville Police Department successfully collected over 105 pounds of unwanted, unused, or expired prescription drugs during the joint drug take-back event with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) held on Saturday, October 26th.
The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs. Since the inception of the DEA take-back program in 2010, over 12,000 pounds of unwanted and unused prescription medications have been collected in Loudoun County. This initiative continues to remove ever-higher amounts of opioids and other medications from homes where they are vulnerable to misuse, theft, or abuse by family members and visitors, including children and teens. The service is both free and anonymous, with no questions asked.
The Prescription Drug Take Back Day gives an opportunity to help prevent addiction and overdose deaths by ensuring that unused prescription drugs are safely discarded. Too many tragedies result from the abuse of drugs taken from home medicine cabinets. 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.
We thank the public for helping to keep these unwanted and unused medications from falling into the wrong hands by coming out and properly disposing of their prescriptions. The take-back initiative is held twice each year during the fall and spring.