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Take Back Day keeps drugs out of harm’s way

By Kathy Prucnell, Islander Reporter

Is your bathroom cabinet teeming with old, unused prescription drugs?

For safety and the sake of a healthier environment, pharmaceutical drugs should be disposed of properly, say government researchers and law enforcement.

And a local option is to drop them off at the Holmes Beach Police Department, 5801 Marina Drive.

The HBPD is participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 28.  The national take-back initiative encourages the public to turn in unused or expired medication.

        HBPD Lt. Dale Stephenson said people should feel free to drop off the prescription drugs at the station on the nationally recognized day — or any day — to be destroyed properly.

        “It’s not going to any land fill and not going into the water supply that way,” he added.

        Americans who participated in the third DEA National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Oct. 29, 2011, turned in more than 188.5 tons of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at 5,327 take-back sites in all 50 states and U.S. territories, according to the DEA website.

        “In 2011, Florida took in 4.5 tons just on take-back day,” HBPD Lt. Dale Stephenson said.

        The DEA Prescription Drug Take Back Day first took place in September 2010, then again in April 2011, and involved about 4,000 state and local law enforcement agencies and resulted in the collection of about 309 tons of pills.

        HBPD has participated in each Take Back Day.

       For more information, call the HBPD at (941) 941-708-5804.

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