Leaders call for more prescription pill drop off points across Southwest Virginia

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. (WDBJ7) There's a new campaign urging pharmacies to put up drug take back boxes across Southwest Virginia.

The Prevention Council joined local law enforcement to ask pharmacies to step up. It's part of the "Lonely Drop Box" project. Right now, there are only a few dozen prescription drop boxes across our 26 counties. Four thousand people sent postcards to CEOs of the four largest chain pharmacies -- urging them to install more boxes.

Nancy Hans, Prevention Council of Roanoke County, said, “It's the most logical, convenient and intuitive place for their customers to return unused and expired medications.”

Chief Howard Hall, Roanoke County Police, said, “They are also uniquely qualified to handle these medications.”

Students at the Burton Center worked on two drop boxes. One of them is at the Roanoke County Sheriff's Office -- the other will be installed in Vinton's Police Department.