Drug Take Back Program

Drug Take Back Box

Students from the Burton Center for the Arts and Technology's welding class recently made the first public prescription drug take-back box in the Roanoke Valley. The box is set up in the Roanoke County Sheriff's Office lobby. 

About the Collection

The Sheriff's Office collected 98 pounds of drugs between the end of June through mid-October. The unused prescription medication is then destroyed under DEA guidelines. 

The hours to drop off drugs are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m, Monday through Friday (excluding holidays) at the Sheriff's Office administrative annex across Main Street from the Roanoke County Court House, in Salem. You do not have to be a county resident to drop off the drugs. 

Restricted Items

Restricted items are as follows: 

  • Aerosol cans
  • Alcohol
  • Bloody or infectious waste
  • Business waste
  • Empty containers
  • Epipens
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Illicit drugs
  • Needles/lancets/syringes
  • Personal care products
  • Thermometers