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Sarasota Police Department to Partner with DEA for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

The Sarasota Police Department will partner with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Saturday, April 30, 2022, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., to provide the community a chance to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  It’s all part of the DEA’s National Prescription Drug-Take Back Day.

The Sarasota Police Department will also partner with the Florida Department of Health Sarasota County, Jewish Family Community Services, Compeer Program at First Step, and National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Sarasota and Manatee Counties during the DEA’s National Prescription Drug-Take Back Day.  These community organizations will be at Sarasota Police Headquarters on April 30th providing information to citizens.

While the drop-box in the lobby of the Sarasota Police Department is available daily and year-round, citizens are encouraged to bring unused, expired, or unwanted prescription drugs to the Sarasota Police Department Headquarters, 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota, to take part in the National Prescription Drug-Take Back Day on April 30th.  Drop-off sites can collect tablets, capsules, and other solid forms of prescription drugs.  Sites cannot accept liquids, needles, or sharps.  The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked.

Medicines in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.  Unused, expired, or unwanted prescription medications are a public safety issue and can lead to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse.  Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold.  Prescription drugs that are unused and flushed can contaminate water supplies.  Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment. 

To find a location closest to you, please visit DEA Take Back.

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