Prescription Delivery Program

2021 NACo Achievement Award Winner

Loudoun County, Va., VA

About the Program

Category: Criminal Justice and Public Safety (Best in Category)

Year: 2021

In early 2020, the coronavirus began to infect communities in the United States. Loudoun County, Virginia, was no exception. County businesses either closed or offered reduced service hours, impacting resident's access to essential needs. Even with businesses open on a limited basis, the virus's dangers made it too risky for some elderly or medically compromised patients to visit pharmacies or grocery stores to obtain medication. Some pharmacies offered delivery services, but the demand overwhelmed the resources leaving many seniors and medically challenged residents unable to get medicines before their dosage times. While interacting with community residents, Loudoun County Sheriff Mike Chapman learned of the County's COVID vulnerable population's need and created a no-cost prescription delivery program. To use the delivery program, prescription patients call the Sheriff's Office and request a delivery. The medication recipients arrange with their pharmacy for a uniformed Sheriff's Deputy to pick up the prescription and deliver it to the requesting resident. Starting in April 2020, the Loudoun County, Virginia Sheriff's Office, made over 250 prescription deliveries to homes throughout Loudoun County. This delivery service allows vulnerable residents the advantage of remaining home, safe from exposure to the COVID virus, while still receiving their necessary medication.