10 pounds of prescription pills collected at the Sarasota Police Department

SARASOTA, Fla. -- September 29, 2014 - 12:15 p.m.

On Saturday, September 27th, citizens in the City of Sarasota turned in 10 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.

For the 2014 total so far, approximately 33 pounds of prescription medication has been turned in at the Sarasota Police Department (23 pounds was dropped off in April during the spring Drug Take Back Day).

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.


SARASOTA, Fla. – September 22, 2014 – 8 a.m.

On Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Sarasota Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the front lobby of the Sarasota Police Department at 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps; only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

After previous Take Back Days spread over almost four years, 780,158 pounds (390 tons) of pills were brought to the 6,072 collection sites that DEA and its 4,423 state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners set up in April so the public could discard unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs from medicine cabinets, bedside tables, and kitchen drawers. When added to that collected at previous DEA-coordinated Take-Back events, 4.1 million pounds (2,123 tons) of prescription medications have been removed from circulation.

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Other Law Enforcement Drop Off Locations in Sarasota County:

• 2071 Ringling Boulevard (Sarasota); Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office
• 2099 Adams Lane; Sarasota Police Department
• 501 College Drive; New College Police Department
• 1350 Ridgewood Avenue; Venice Police Department
• 4531 State Road 776 (Venice); Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office
• 4980 City Hall Boulevard; North Port Police Department

***All locations with the exception of New College Police Department have permanent drop boxes.