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SANFORD - The most recent Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event netted more than 4,500 pounds of expired and unwanted medications in Central Florida!
Law enforcement agencies in Seminole, Orange, Volusia, Brevard, Lake and Osceola counties participated in the Drug Enforcement Administration-led event on Oct. 26.
In Seminole County, 1,267 pounds of prescription drugs were collected at nearly a dozen locations staffed by the Seminole County Sheriff’s Office and Police Departments in Altamonte Springs, Casselberry, Lake Mary, Longwood, Oviedo, Sanford and Winter Springs.
The nonprofit Seminole Prevention Coalition is pleased with the results of the most-recent Take-Back Day.
“It shows that the community understands the importance of disposing prescription drugs not only for our community, but for the safety and health of our environment,” Coalition Executive Director Debbie Owens said.
Nationally, U.S. citizens turned in 647,211 pounds (324 tons) of meds for safe and proper disposal at the 5,683 take-back sites that were available in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. This was the second-largest collection of medications in seven Take-Back Days.
When the results of the seven events to date are combined, the DEA and its state, local, and tribal law-enforcement and community partners have removed more than 3.4 million pounds (1,733 tons) of medication from circulation.
The national media attention given to Take-Back Day helped make the event a success, Owens said. “The more people know about something the more they’re likely to use it.”
The Seminole Prevention Coalition reminds residents that unwanted medications are accepted every day during regular business hours at nearly a dozen locations in Seminole County. The medication can be placed in the drop box located at each location. No questions asked!
Seminole County offers a variety of options for safe, easy and free disposal of your used sharps.
Click here to view a list of fire stations which accept used hypodermic needles and lancets.