The Sheriff's Office currently offers two
methods for disposal for prescription drugs.
Prescription Drug Take Back Events
Smyth County Sheriff’s Office in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency conducts Prescription Drug Take Back events during the year. These events are held at different business in our community. This is a great opportunity to rid your home of dangerous unused, expired, or unwanted prescription or over the counter medications. 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 U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
Prescription Drug Drop Box
box is located in the lobby of the Smyth County Sheriff’s
Office that is accessible to the public 8:00AM-5:00PM Monday
– Friday. This box is under 24 hour surveillance. This
provides a safe, simple, secure and environmentally friendly
way to collect unwanted or expired household medication,
including prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, pet
medications, prescription patches, prescription ointments,
and vitamins. These drugs unfortunately have become the
target of theft and misuse, oftentimes by people who have
access to the residence. Items NOT accepted: Needles,
Inhalers, Glass Containers, Aerosol Cans, Thermometers,
Lotions, Liquid, and Hydrogen Peroxide Preparing Items for
Disposal in the Drop-Box: All items are to be in a sealed
container, zip-lock bag, envelope, etc.
Smyth County Sheriff's Office
819 Matson Drive
Marion, VA 24354