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Law enforcement agencies taking part in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Posted at 5:56 PM, Apr 26, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-26 17:56:40-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — If you have any unwanted prescription drugs, area law enforcement agencies will help you get rid of them.

The Tallahassee Police Department takes part in Take Back Day every year to raise awareness.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is Saturday. You can bring your prescription drugs to the Tallahassee Police Department at 234 East Seventh Avenue, where they have a drop-box that is available to the public 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The dropbox isn't only for Take Back Day. People are encouraged to bring their medications to be disposed of year-round.

But Saturday, to celebrate the official day, there will be an investigator available from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to answer any questions people may have.

Getting rid of medications responsibly has a lot of benefits.

"The proper disposal keeps the environment safe, keeps them out of the hands of possible criminals, children and even our pets," said TPD Officer Rachelle Denmark.

Officer Denmark said there are no questions asked of anyone who brings in their medications to be disposed of.

The last Take Back Day brought in more than 900 pounds of unused or expired prescription medication nationwide.

This brings the total amount of prescription drugs collected by DEA since 2010 to over 10 million pounds.

The Leon County Sheriff's Office is also collecting drugs on Saturday.

You can find them at the Costco off Mahan Drive from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.