Last Saturday, members of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office and the police departments in Leesburg, Purcellville and Middleburg collected more than 1,000 pound of unused drugs.
The collection was part of a drug take-back operation promoted by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration with the intent of helping to limit the abuse of prescription medications.
During the one-day operation April 29, the Sheriff’s Office reported a collection of 973 pounds of drugs, a total that includes medication dropped off in Middleburg. In Purcellville, the department collected 124 pounds of unwanted and expired prescription drugs at the Fireman’s Field drop off location.
The Leesburg Police Department has collected 574 pounds of unwanted medication since the beginning of 2017.
Since the inception of the DEA take–back program in 2010, more than 8,000 pounds of unwanted and unused prescription medications have been taken off the streets of Loudoun County, according to the Sheriff’s Office.