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Posted on: April 8, 2019

Every Day is Drug Take Back Day at the Ormond Beach Police Department

Anyone can drop off their unwanted prescription and over the counter medications and supplements at the Ormond Beach Police Department Lobby, 170 West Granada Blvd., anytime, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week! Since 2014, a secured stationary collection box has been in place for this purpose. Since that time, the Police Department has collected over a ton of unwanted medications for proper destruction and has been participating in the National Drug Take Back Day events since 2011.

This year, the Ormond Beach Police Department will again be participating in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) 17th National Drug Take Back Day as a certified collection site. The event will be held on Saturday, April 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Police Department Lobby. National Take Back Days occur twice a year and is a nationwide initiative providing the opportunity for citizens to help prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs as well as over the counter medications and supplements. Bring your pills for disposal to the Police Department Lobby. Please note that liquids or needles or sharps cannot be accepted; only pills or patches are accepted. The service is free and anonymous and no questions are asked.

Last fall, nearly 460 tons (more than 900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs were turned in at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and almost 4,800 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Since its inception in 2010, this nationwide effort has taken in almost 12 million pounds, nearly 6,000 tons, of pills.

This nationwide initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Prescription drug abuse rates in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. Studies have shown that most teens who have abused prescription drugs get them from their own homes or the homes of their friends.

The old ways of getting rid of medications, such flushing them down the toilet, or throwing them in the trash, pose significant safety and health hazards and should not be used as disposal methods. Flushing medications down the toilet, or a drain, can cause contamination to Florida’s aquatic environment because wastewater treatment systems are not designed to remove many of these medications. If they are tossed in the trash, the may be found by a human or animal which could be harmful.

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