Marion sheriff unveils drug drop-off boxes to dispose of unused prescription medications

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office will begin collecting unused prescription medication through drop-off boxes placed at district offices and the Belleview Police Department.

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office has instituted a prescription drug drop-off box program that will enable residents to safely dispose of their prescription medications all year.

The goal of this new program is to combat the local, state and national opioid crisis by collecting unwanted or unused medications that have the potential to fall into the hands of those who may abuse them.

With the contribution of funds from the AdventHealth system and the Florida Department of Health of Marion County, the sheriff’s office will be able to place drop-off boxes at each of its district offices and the Belleview Police Department. Those boxes will be available Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The sheriff’s office’s Evidence Division will collect the prescriptions and properly dispose of them according to Drug Enforcement Administration regulations.

Sheriff Billy Woods said taking these prescription drugs off the street will help alleviate the possibility of theft.

“By removing these unused prescription drugs from your home, they cannot find their way into the hands of loved ones or criminals,” he said. “Please take advantage of these drug boxes. We want to keep our citizens safe.

Drop-off locations are:

South Marion District Office
8230 S.E. 165th Mulberry Lane
The Villages

Ocklawaha District Office
13985 SE Hwy. 25
Ocklawaha

Belleview Police Department
5350 SE 110th St.
Belleview

Main Operations
692 NW 30th Ave.
Ocala

Dunnellon District Office
19995 SW 86th St. Unit 3
Dunnellon

Silver Spring Shores District Office
501 Water Road
Ocala

South Multi-District Office
3260 SE 80th Street
Ocala

Marion Oaks District Office
294 Marion Oaks Lane
Ocala

Southwest District Office
9048 SW State Rd. 200
Ocala

MCSO North Multi-District Office
8311 N U.S. Hwy. 441
Ocala

Northeast District Office
25056 E County Road 316
Ft. McCoy

Forest District Office
16000 E. Hwy. 40 E
Silver Springs