MCSO Will Be Participating In DEA Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative

MARION COUNTY, FL (October 16, 2017)

The Marion County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) will be participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative on Saturday, October 28, 2017, from 10:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m.

According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative is a safe, convenient and anonymous way of disposing of prescription drugs and preventing them from falling into the hands of those who might abuse them. This is a one-day event where Marion County citizens can bring in their unused or unwanted prescription medications to three MCSO locations.

These locations are:

South Marion District Office

8230 SE 165th Mulberry Lane

The Villages, FL 32162


Southwest District Office

9048 SW SR 200

Ocala, FL 34481


South Multi District Office

3260 SE 80th Street

Ocala, FL 34480

During the last National Drug Take Back Day in April 2017, 900,386 pounds (450 tons) of prescription medication were collected by local law enforcement and the DEA nationwide, with 29,055 pounds collected in Florida alone. The MCSO collected 862 pounds of medication in April 2017 and it was submitted to the DEA for safe disposal.