Loudoun Co. takes back 1,000 pounds of prescription drugs – and you can still drop them off

ByDonald L. Leech

May 1, 2022

Saturday was National Prescription Drug Recovery Day, and in Loudoun County, Va., the sheriff explained how you can still participate — and why it’s important.

Saturday was National Prescription Drug Recovery Day, and in Loudoun County, Va., the sheriff explained how you can still participate — and why it’s important.

Sheriff Mike Chapman, a former Drug Enforcement Administration officer himself, said the department received about 1,000 pounds of unwanted, expired and/or unused prescription drugs on Saturday, bringing their total since 2010 to about 17. 000 pounds.



Old drugs in your cabinet can be more dangerous than you think, Chapman said, because it’s not always just you and your family in your house. If you ever throw a party or show your house to potential sellers – to name just two scenarios – these are opportunities for strangers to gain access to your pills.

“Sometimes people take these pills and use them or sell them,” Chapman said. “And if they’re not used properly, they can cause serious problems here.”

If you missed it, there is still a chance to remove unwanted drugs from your house. In Loudoun County, Chapman said, every sheriff’s station in the county has a 24/7 drop box. People “can always drop them there and have them disposed of properly,” a- he declared.

Check with your city or county’s law enforcement agency to see if they have a permanent option.

Chapman urged, “Take these pills out of the hands of people for whom they are not prescribed.”

Nick Iannelli of WTOP contributed to this report.

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