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UPDATE: 425 Pounds of Meds Sent to DEA After Take Back Day / SO's Collecting Unwanted Prescription Meds Saturday at District Sites

Date Added: October 22, 2021 12:34 pm

UPDATE: 425 Pounds of Meds Sent to DEA After Take Back Day / SO's Collecting Unwanted Prescription Meds Saturday at District Sites Image

Laura Williams, Office of
Public Affairs & Media Relations


Volusia County Residents Donate 425 Pounds of Unwanted Meds For Destruction

Thanks to our community, since April 23, 2021, through Saturday's 21st National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, the Sheriff's Office is sending the DEA nearly 425 pounds of unwanted medication for safe destruction and to keep it from accidentally or intentionally harming anyone. Thanks, everyone, for helping make a difference!


VSO To Collect, Destroy Unwanted Meds Saturday For Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Time to clean out your medicine cabinet: If you haven’t used them, don’t need them, or they’re expired, you can drop off your unwanted prescription drugs Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., at one of our five district offices.

Saturday's event is the 21st National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to help you rid your homes of unwanted medications and prevent accidental or intentional misuse. You can make a difference!

This important event, sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), is held twice a year. It’s geared toward helping everyone responsibly get rid of items that are linked to injuries, addiction and overdose deaths. And, we’ll keep them out of our water supply through safe disposal.

April’s 20th National Take Back Day involved 5,060 collection sites where 420 tons of unwanted drugs were collected. In Florida, we collected and destroyed 472,415 pounds.

In addition to Saturday’s event, you can turn in unwanted medications year-round in Volusia County: The Sheriff’s Office has installed locked, steel mailbox-style disposal receptacles at our offices. So you can get rid of medications anytime during regular business hours, no questions asked, at these locations all year long (*except District 3 South):

District 2: 1706 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand;

District 3 North: 1435 U.S. 1, Suite D-3, Ormond Beach;

* District 3 South: 101 E. Canal St., New Smyrna Beach:
* This Saturday only, for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

District 4: 1691 Providence Blvd., Deltona;

District 6: 79 S. Charles Beall Blvd., DeBary

Or, call a deputy to pick up the medications. Call the Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number at (386) 248-1777 to request a pickup.


Pills or sealed bottles of liquid. Place them in a sealable plastic bag. Remove all personal information on pill bottle labels and medicine packaging. All your medicines dropped off at the takeback locations will be destroyed.

Vape pens or other e-cigarette devices can also be dropped off – only after the batteries are removed from the devices. If you cannot remove the battery, check with large chain stores, which may accept the vape pen or e-cigarette for disposal.


Syringes may not be deposited into a medication return receptacle. Open containers of liquid also won’t be accepted unless containers are completely sealed and not leaking. These rules will be posted at each receptacle location in both English and Spanish.

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