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Posted on: October 9, 2020

[ARCHIVED] News Release - Prescription Drug Take Back and Community Shred Events

PURCELLVILLE, Va., October 9, 2020 — 


On Saturday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Purcellville Police Department (PPD) and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will provide the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your unused medication for disposal to the PPD Administrative Offices at 125 Hirst Rd, Purcellville, VA 20132. (Sites cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

This October’s Drug Take Back event is the DEA’s 19th nationwide event since its inception 10 years ago. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.  

To keep everyone safe, collection sites will follow local COVID-19 guidelines and regulations. 

There are many other ways to dispose of unwanted prescription drugs everyday including the 11,000 authorized collectors that are available all year long. For more information, visit DEA’s year-round collection site locator

The FDA also provides information on the disposal of prescription drugs. More information is available here:

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 24 Take Back Day event, go to or visit Loudoun County Drug Disposal page.


In conjunction with Drug Take Back, the Town of Purcellville will host a free community shred event on Saturday, October 24, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the parking lot of Fireman’s Field, 250 S. Nursery Ave. This is an opportunity to recycle your old paper documents and confidential files safely and securely – documents are shredded onsite.  In order to accommodate everyone, we ask that you bring no more than four (4) letter size boxes. Come early – the truck will leave once full! For questions pertaining to the shred event, please contact Diana Hays, Town Clerk, at or 540-751-2334.

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 12th 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


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