Virginia Offers Safe Disposal Day for Unwanted Controlled Substances

Rep. Frank Wolf (VA-10) today urged residents in northern Virginia to take part in the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) nationwide “take-back” initiative on Saturday, April 30, calling on the public to turn in any unused, unwanted, or expired medicines for proper destruction.

Wolf, chairman of the House appropriations subcommittee that funds the DEA, said the initiative is great opportunity for communities to raise awareness about the dangers of prescription drug abuse and the harm to the environment when drugs are improperly destroyed. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has reported that the number of overdose deaths involving prescription painkillers increased 296 percent between 1999 and 2007.

“Expired or unwanted prescription drugs in our medicine cabinets at home are often the starting point for kids who become addicted to Vicodin, Oxycontin, and other pain medications,” Wolf said. “The DEA’s ‘take-back’ initiative is an immediate step we can take to rid our homes of this risk and educate our kids about the proper use of prescription drugs.”

Wolf has been working with constituents, community groups, and local pharmacies, including Leesburg Pharmacy in Loudoun County, to build support for safe drug disposal.

“Many local organizations are to be commended for their efforts to support safe drug disposal and raise awareness of the dangers of improper disposal of controlled substances,” he added. “I encourage everyone across the 10th District to take advantage of this opportunity on April 30.”

Drop off locations are:

Fairfax County:

Vienna Police Department
NOVA Community College – Annandale Campus
Virginia State Police – State Police Headquarters in Fairfax

Loudoun County:

Leesburg Police Department
Purcellville Police Department
Loudoun County Sherriff’s Office – Eastern Loudoun Station
Loudoun County Sherriff’s Office – Dulles South Public Safety Center

Manassas:

Prince William County Police Department – Manassas Mall
Prince William County Police Department – Potomac Mills Mall Main Entrance

Winchester:

Winchester Sherriff’s Office – Frederick County/ Winchester Joint Judicial Center
Frederick County Sherriff’s Office – Winchester Elks Lodge