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Monday, December 5, 2022

MCSO drug drop-off box program collects unwanted, unused medications

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office is encouraging residents to take advantage of the drug drop-off box program, which offers them a way to safely dispose of their prescription medications throughout the year.

The program was instituted by MCSO in 2019 with the goal of combating 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.

Drop-off boxes are located at each of the MCSO district offices, and residents can drop off their prescription medications on Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. The MCSO Evidence Division collects the prescriptions from these boxes and properly disposes them according to U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration regulations.

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A drop-off box is located at each of the Marion County Sheriff’s Office district offices

Here is a list of the drop-off locations:

  • Main Operations (692 NW 30th Avenue in Ocala).
  • Dunnellon District Office (19995 SW 86th Street, Unit 3 in Dunnellon).
  • Silver Spring Shores District Office (501 Water Road in Ocala).
  • South Multi-District Office (3260 SE 80th Street in Ocala).
  • Marion Oaks District Office (294 Marion Oaks Lane in Ocala).
  • Southwest District Office (9048 SW State Road 200 in Ocala).
  • North Multi-District Office (8311 N U.S. Highway 441 in Ocala).
  • Northeast District Office (25056 E County Road 316 in Fort McCoy).
  • Forest District Office (16000 E Highway 40 in Silver Springs).
  • South Marion District Office (8230 SE 165th Mulberry Lane in The Villages).
  • Ocklawaha District Office (13985 SE Highway 25 in Ocklawaha).
  • Belleview Police Department (5350 SE 110th Street in Belleview).

In a social media post, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office stated, “Please, take advantage of these drug boxes. We want to keep all of our citizens safe.”