National Drug Take-Back Initiative

If you missed the Prescription Drug Collection you may still drop off you old prescription drugs in the collection bin in the lobby of the Sheriff's Office, downstairs in courthouse.

News Release


On October 22, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Powhatan County Sheriff’s Office and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 12th opportunity in 6 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. For more information, contact Sergeant Brad Luxford at 804-598-5757.
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Disposal


Bring your pills for disposal to the Powhatan County Courthouse at 3880 Old Buckingham Road (the DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches). The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Anyone with any questions is asked to call Sergeant Brad Luxford at 804-598-5757.

National Announcement


DEA Announces 12th National Prescription Drug Take-Back Event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 22nd.

Collection sites in every local community can be found by going to the Drug Enforcement Administration website. This site will be continuously updated with new take-back locations.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away - both potential safety and health hazards.

Prescription drug abuse is a huge problem and this is a great opportunity for folks around the country to help reduce the threat. Please clean out your medicine cabinet and make your home safe from drug theft and abuse.
In the previous 11 Take-Back events nationwide from 2010 - 2015, over 5,525,021 pounds, or 2,762 tons of drugs were collected.