National Drug Take Back Day: Drop-off locations in Tampa Bay

29 April, 2018, 00:51 | Author: Sergio Cook
  • All these medications were disposed of in one of the DEA-sponsored medication take-back days in Colorado

During the last National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in October 2017, more than 450 tons of unused meds were collected across the United States.

"This nation has been hit hard by the epidemic of addiction and substance abuse, and in NY we are taking every possible step to combat this crisis", Governor Cuomo said in a statement. The home medicine cabinet is a frequent target of prescription drug abusers and often provides access to prescription medication.

Only pills and other solids, like patches, can be brought to the collection sites-liquids and needles or other sharps will not be accepted.

"Drug Take Back Day" will be held at various locations across the area, as law enforcement work with businesses to collect your unwanted medications.

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The sheriff's department is participating in the one-day take-back effort by serving as a drop-off point, along with the MSP West Branch Post. "I urge all West Virginians to be smart and take part in Saturday's Take Back event to avoid a potential nightmare of abuse or accidental overdose". It also prevents pills from getting flushed down the toilet and contaminating our water supply. "Rising prescription drug abuse has devastated families and communities in Kansas and across the nation", said Colyer. She is a former nurse and said she knows how risky it can be if prescription drugs are disposed of properly.

The DEA's bi-annual event was held in the Central High School parking lot in Springfield, it was of many sites throughout western MA collecting unwanted drugs.

"Longer term, we're working with the DEA and state governments like Iowa, Arizona, Massachusetts, and MI to gather data on year-round take back options for future Google Maps integration", added Mollinari.

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