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Drug box has permanent home in Louisa County Sheriff’s Office

Posted on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 at 8:00 am

Louisa County Sheriff’s Office Major Donald Lowe (l) and Sheriff Ashland Fortune with the new drug drop-off box. Residents can dispose of unwanted prescription drugs at any time, day or night.

The Louisa County Sheriff’s Office has installed a permanent drug box where people can drop off unwanted medication at any time.

With the box, which is located just inside the office’s front doors, the sheriff’s office will end its practice of collecting drugs at Wal-Mart and the two Louisa County Food Lion stores twice a year. Citizens who miss these occasional events won’t have to wait months for another opportunity.

The sheriff’s office will still have twice-yearly drug take-back events, but now they will be held at the office, rather than the stores.

“Citizens can now come drop off their unused, unwanted or expired medication (excluding needles and liquids) anytime of the year,” Tabethia Chiles, sheriff’s office public information officer, said.

People can drop off prescription liquids, but they have to hand them to someone at the sheriff’s office rather than put them in the drop-off box. The federal Drug Enforcement Administration, which oversees the effort, doesn’t want liquids in the boxes because they can leak, Chiles said.

The program is a way for people to divert prescription drugs from people who might use them for the wrong reasons, or from children. It is also promoted as a means to keep prescription drugs out of the water supply, since people sometimes dump drugs down the toilet or sink rather than throwing them in the trash.