110 W. New York Ave.
DeLand, FL 32720
By Joe Crews
posted Oct 24, 2013 - 9:38:54am
The expired medications lying around your house pose several kinds of risks, and local law-enforcement agencies want to help you get rid of them safely.
The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office and police departments in DeLand and Orange City are taking part in the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Drug Take-Back Day Saturday, Oct. 26.
According to the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, it’s important to public safety to properly dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medications.
“Wastewater-treatment systems are not designed to remove many types of medications,” according to the DEP. “You should never flush unwanted medications down the toilet or down a drain. Instead, place them in the household trash after taking precautions to prevent accidental ingestion by humans or animals.”
On Saturday, the Sheriff’s Office will have collection sites at five district offices, including 1706 S. Woodland Blvd. in DeLand, 1691 Providence Blvd. in Deltona and 94 S. U.S. Highway 17-92 in DeBary, as well as sites in Holly Hill and New Smyrna Beach.
The collection sites will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and visitors will be able to drop off any kinds of drugs anonymously, with no questions asked.
In addition to environmental dangers posed by old medications, Davidson said, there is a potential crime problem, as well.
Davidson said studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.
“The take-back days help combat the problem by providing a safe, convenient, and responsible means for the public to voluntarily dispose of unwanted prescription drugs while also educating residents about the potential for abuse of these medications,” he said.
Those who miss Saturday’s special event can always drop off unwanted prescription drugs at a Sheriff’s Office district office or make arrangements to have a deputy pick up unwanted prescription medicine by calling the Sheriff’s Office’s Communications Center, Davidson said.
The DeLand Police Department is coordinating its collection effort with CVS Pharmacy at 2497 S. Woodland Blvd. That collection site will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Officer Rod Hancock is organizing the department’s collection event, the most recent of several.
“We decided to do something a little different this time, so we partnered with CVS,” he said. “In the past, we used the City Hall parking lot.”
Orange City police will be collecting unwanted medicines at the Police Department, 207 N. Holly Avenue, Cmdr. Jason Sampsell said.
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