For immediate release - March 22, 2011
Leesburg Police Department
Operation Medicine Cabinet
The Leesburg Police Department will conduct “Operation Medicine Cabinet” from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, March 26, at the popular Saturday Morning Market in downtown Leesburg.
The public is invited to bring unused, unwanted and expired prescription drugs for safe disposal free of charge and without questions. This is an opportunity to safely empty out your medicine cabinet of drugs you don’t need or have expired, including prescription drugs that contain controlled substances and over-the-counter medicines.
The Leesburg Police Department collected 90 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs at the last “Operation Medicine Cabinet” event in February. The department aims to collect even more on March 26.
Old medicines left around the home are susceptible to theft, or they could be misused by family members. Prescription drug abuse is among the country’s fastest growing drug problems. Many who abuse prescription drugs often obtain them from their home medicine cabinets, family and friends. Throwing prescription drugs in the garbage also can create safety hazards.
The Leesburg Police Department will provide for safe collection and disposal of unwanted drugs. New or used medical needles and syringes will not be accepted.