23 pounds of prescription pills collected at the Sarasota Police Department

SARASOTA, Fla. – April 28, 2014 – 10:30 a.m.

On Saturday, April 26th, citizens in the City of Sarasota turned in 23 pounds of prescription medication to the Sarasota Police Department during the Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) Prescription Drug Take Back Day which was held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Medicines kept at home are highly susceptible to misuse and theft.  Unfortunately, most people who abuse prescriptions get them from friends and family.  Flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them in a trash can even be harmful and cause health hazards to humans and animals.

Last October, Americans turned in 324 tons (over 647,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at over 4,114 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners.  When those results are combined with what was collected in its seven previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 3.4 million pounds—more than 1,700 tons—of pills. 

DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a patient or their family member or pet owner) of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them.  The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.   

If anyone missed the Drug Take Back Day, the Sarasota Police Department headquarters has a permanent drop off box located in the lobby at 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota.