"Drop-off box" program launched by MCSO to fight opioid abuse

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MARION COUNTY, Fla. (WCJB) -

A new initiative in Marion County is helping residents get rid of unused prescription medications.

The goal of the "drop-off box program," brought on by the Marion County Sheriff's Office, is to fight the opioid crisis by collecting medications that could end up in the hands of an abuser.

Drop-off boxes will be located at every Marion County Sheriff's district office, which can be found at the following locations:

Main Operations Office
692 NW 30th Ave.
Ocala, Fl 34475
Phone: (352)-732-8181

Ocklawaha District Office
13985 SE Hwy 25
Ocklawaha, FL 32179
Phone: (352) 402-6020

South Marion District
8230 S.E. 165th Mulberry Lane
Villages, FL 32162
Phone : (352) 671-3841

Marion Oaks District Office
294 Marion Oaks Lane
Ocala FL, 34472
Phone: (352) 402-6030

Dunnellon District Office
19995 SW 86th St. Unit 3
Dunnellon, FL 34433
Phone: (352) 402-6050

Southwest District Office
9048 SW State Rd. 200
Ocala, FL 34481
Phone: (352) 402-6060

Silver Springs Shores District
501 Water Road Ocala, 34472
Phone: (352) 402-6000

North-Multi District Office
8311 N Hwy 441
Ocala, FL 34479
Phone : (352) 438-5920

South Multi-District Office
3260 SE 80th Street
Ocala, Fl 34480
Phone: (352) 438-5940

Northeast District Office
25056 East County Road 316
Ft. Mccoy, FL 32134
Phone: (352) 402-6010

Forest District Office
16000 E. Hwy 40 E
Silver Springs FL, 34488
Phone: (352) 402-6040

A drop-off box will also be located at the Belleview Police Department, located at 5350 SE 110th St, Belleview, FL 34420.

Anyone will be able to drop off their prescription medications Monday through Friday from 8:00am until 5:00pm.

The evidence division will then collect the drugs and properly dispose of them.