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PURCELLVILLE POLICE SPRING PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK RESULTS
PURCELLVILLE, Va., April 25, 2023 — On Saturday, April 22nd, the Purcellville Police Department took part in the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA). Despite the rain, the Purcellville Police Department still managed to collect over 41 pounds of potentially dangerous, unused or expired prescription medications for safe disposal. This “take back” program seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft by providing a safe, convenient and responsible means for disposing of prescription drugs.
Law enforcement agencies across Loudoun County also participated in the event to help prevent increase pill abuse and theft, to include the Leesburg Police Department, Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO), and the Middleburg Police Department. Together, we collected approximately 800 pounds of drugs for safe destruction that could have otherwise fallen into the wrong hands. The Purcellville Police Department also once again partnered with the Prevention Alliance of Loudoun (PAL), which provided free medication lock boxes and drug deactivation bags to the community during the event.
The take back initiative is held bi-annually, during the spring and the fall. However, if you are unable to attend a take back event, residents can safely dispose of the unwanted, unused, or expired medication at one of the following locations throughout the year:
- LCSO Ashburn Station 20272 Savin Hill Drive, Ashburn
- Dulles South Public Safety Center, 25216 Loudoun County Parkway, Chantilly
- LCSO Eastern Loudoun Station, 46620 East Frederick Drive, Sterling
- Leesburg Public Safety Center, 65 Plaza Street NE, Leesburg
- Shenandoah Building, 102 Heritage Way, NE, Leesburg
- LCSO Western Loudoun Station, 47 W. Loudoun Street, Round Hill
Find out more information regarding the proper disposal of unused medications here: https://www.loudoun.gov/347/Proper-Disposal-of-Unused-Medications?fbclid=IwAR2q_UjVCsjG8Jrv1jAw-8XLBBdU4Le4kDPIbKM_OcnCSZn--XXmqRGakzE.
The Town of Purcellville, Virginia
“Purcellville-your small Town, where history and progress intersect and people prosper,” is an award-winning town of over 10,000 residents located in Loudoun County, approximately 50 miles west of Washington, DC. Having received the prestigious Siemens Sustainability Award for Small Communities, Purcellville continues to be honored for its green initiatives with most recently being the Tree City USA recipient for the 13th year. The Town was reaffirmed as a AAA rated community by S&P Global Ratings, the highest credit rating possible, and is ranked “Safest City” in Virginia in 2020. Once a stop along the W&OD rail line, which has been converted to a multi-use trail from Alexandria, VA to Purcellville, the Town has maintained its historic old-town feel through the restoration and maintenance of its many downtown structures, reflecting the Victorian architecture popular during the early 1900s. Today, Purcellville is the economic hub of western Loudoun County and a popular weekend destination for antiquing, equestrian activities, farmer’s markets, wineries, breweries, distilleries and restaurants. More info at www.purcellvilleva.gov.