Law Enforcement to Host Prescription Drug Take Back Day

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Posted at 6:52 PM, Sep 26, 2014
and last updated 2014-09-26 15:01:02-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Saturday, September 27, 2014 is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and local law enforcement agencies will be participating.

This is the seventh take-back day so far.

Over the past four years, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has spearheaded the initiative.

As a result of the project, the DEA has collected more than 780,000 pounds of old, unwanted or unused pills.

Prescription drugs, sitting in medicine cabinets and kitchen drawers, add to the growing problems of accidental poisoning in children, drug addiction and overdose, as well as illegal possession and sales of controlled substances.

Additionally, throwing the pills in the garbage is unsafe for the environment -- as chemicals can end up in landfills and water supplies.

There are five local locations people can drop off their prescription drugs at Saturday.

The Blountstown Police Department in Calhoun County, the Adel Police Department in Cook County, the Lowndes County Sheriff's Office, the Costco in Leon County, and the Tallahassee Police Department headquarters will all be collecting pills from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.