Sarasota Police Collect 20 Pounds of Unwanted Drugs During National Drug Take-Back Day

SARASOTA, Fla. -- October 24, 2016 -- 8:15 a.m.

On Saturday, October 22, 2016, the Sarasota Police Department collected 20 pounds of unused, expired and unwanted prescription drugs during the National Drug Take-Back Initiative with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).  Members of the DEA will collect the drugs that were dropped off from the Sarasota Police Department Property Unit and dispose of them properly.

This event is an opportunity to give the public a chance to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

Residents and citizens were asked to bring pills for disposal to the front lobby of the Sarasota Police Department, 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota.  (The DEA could not accept liquids, needles or sharps; only pills or patches).  The service was free and anonymous, no questions asked.

This initiative addressed a vital public safety and public health issue.  Medicines that sit in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.  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 that have permanent drop-boxes:
• 2071 Ringling Boulevard (Sarasota); Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office
• 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
• 5800 Bay Shore Road, Sarasota (New College of Florida)

The Sarasota Police Department does have a permanent drop-box located in the lobby at SPD Headquarters at 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota.