The Washington County Sheriff’s Department, in partnership with the City of Salem Police Department, will hold its annual Drive-Through Drug Drop on Saturday, May 1, between 9:00 a.m. and Noon.

Sheriff Brent Miller invites you to stop in and drop off any expired or unneeded prescription medications at the Washington County Justice Center.

“Families should be encouraged to bring their unused or expired medications to the drug drop.  It can be dangerous to leave medications in the home, particularly controlled substances, like opioids,” said  Miller. 

If you are unable to drop off your prescription medications during the May 1st event, there is a secure drug drop box available at the Sheriff’s Department. 

Due to COVID restrictions, the dropbox is currently only available from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday, for proper disposal. 

The City of Salem Police Department also has a dropbox in their office lobby available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Since the drug drop program began in October of 2019, the Sheriff’s Department has collected more than 363.5 pounds of unused or expired medications. 

The program also serves as a reminder to the public to never flush medications and to properly dispose of them at these secure locations. 

All medications collected during the drop are immediately incinerated by Sheriff Brent Miller and Salem Police Chief Tim Miller.  

In addition to the collection of unused prescription medications, the Departments will also be sponsoring a food drive to support the local food bank. 

Donations of non-perishable and canned food items will be accepted during the drug drop event. 

For more information about either program, please contact the Washington County Sheriff’s Department at (812) 883-5999.   

“Thank you for not only helping to keep our community safe by properly disposing of unneeded or expired prescriptions but for also generously supporting our local food bank,” said Sheriff Miller.