April 30th – Florida State Police Accepting Unwanted Prescription Medications

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April 30th – Florida State Police Accepting Unwanted Prescription Medications

Florida State Police have announced that on Saturday, April 30, they will be accepting unused, unwanted, and/or expired prescription medications. This is event is happening as part of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day initiative. This is a totally free service, and completely anonymous – no questions asked.

Drop off times are from 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.. During this time, unused medications can be forfeited at select state police stations. Click here to find your closest collection site.

National Prescription Take-Back Day is a county wide initiative conducted in collaboration with the Drug Enforcement Administration. It’s goal is to encourage the disposal of unwanted prescription drugs. The aim is to prevent these drugs from falling into the hands of people who are looking to steal, abuse, or sell them to others.

From the website:

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) (2013), about 6.8 million U.S. residents reported having abused prescription medications in the past year. At least 54% of those people admitted to having obtained them through relatives or friends.

In September, 2015, 350 tons of drugs were turned in from more than 8,000 locations. From the total of 10 Take Back events, more than 5.5 million pounds of pills have been collected.

In addition to prescription drugs, over-the-counter non-prescription drugs are accepted as well. Needles and illicit drugs are not accepted, however.

Preparing Items

  • All pharmaceutical drugs that are being disposed of need to be in a sealed container (such as the original bottle, or a zip-lock bag.)
  • Liquid pharmaceuticals should remain in the original container.
  • Personal information should be removed or blacked out with a permanent marker.

What’s Accepted

  • Prescription and over-the-counter solid medications
  • Tablets and capsules
  • Pet medicines

What’s Not Accepted

  • Intravenous solutions
  • Injectables, syringes, and needles (i.e. EpiPens)*
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Compressed cylinders or aerosols (e.g., asthma inhalers)
  • Iodine-containing medications
  • Thermometers
  • Alcohol & illicit drugs (i.e. marijuana, heroin, LSD, etc.)

~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology

Related: Heroin Medical Detox Now Available Near Alachua County, FL

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