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Greene Community Utilizing Drug Drop Box

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GREENE COUNTY, Va (WVIR) -

The Greene County Sheriff's Office has 200 pounds of prescription drugs on hand, but deputies did not confiscate them. People in the area willingly gave them up.

People have been dropping off unwanted drugs at the prescription drug drop-off box outside the Sheriff's Office. The box was installed in October and NBC29 checked in Tuesday to see how successful it’s been.

Sheriff Steve Smith says deputies check the box several times a day. Lots of pills have been turned in, as well as some syringes, which they don't accept.

The Sheriff's Office does not keep any record of the medications in order to maintain privacy. It doesn't hold onto labels, which may contain personal information; it only keeps track of the poundage it receives.

"It takes the medication out of the home, it keeps it away from family members or people that may have an addiction problem that may want to get to the medications or somebody does a 'B and E' into the house and steals the medications,” said Smith.

Once the medications are collected the Sheriff's Office destroys them. Smith says the box doesn't cost taxpayers a dime.

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