The Hendersonville Police Department has installed a pill drop box in the lobby of the department's headquarters. The collection bin inside the lobby on the first floor is available to residents 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

“Our department secured this drop box through a partnership with CVS Pharmacy’s community donation program, where local police departments can apply to receive these drug collection units to help citizens in their communities safely dispose of their unwanted medications including controlled substances," said Hendersonville Police Chief Herbert Blake.

"We would like to thank Hope Rx Director Julie Honeycutt and Robert Childs, executive director for North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition in Wilmington, for their letters of support. We would also like to thank Lt. Mike Vesely for his detailed work preparing and submitting the grant.

"We hope that this additional permanent collection site will encourage more residents to get rid of their unwanted prescriptions, especially opioid pain relievers before they end up in the wrong hands."

The police department is located at 145 Fifth Ave. E., at the corner of King Street, and the collection box is located in the lobby of the first floor off Sixth Avenue.