National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday - WFLA News Channel 8

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday

Posted: Updated:

If you want to get rid of expired unwanted prescription drugs in your cabinets you can bring them to a local collection site this Saturday no questions asked. Drug Enforcement Administration together with the local law enforcement agencies hosts its sixth National Drug Take-Back Day April 27th.

During the previous events this anonymous and free service helped collect more than 1,000 tons (over 2 million pounds) of prescription medications in the last three years since it started.

According to the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more people abuse prescription drugs than cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined, DEA officials said.

They hope the take-back day will help bring those numbers down.

"We know that young people consider controlled-substance prescription drugs, like Vicodin, to be a safer way to get high, but they couldn't be more wrong," said DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart. "By removing unwanted prescription drugs from their homes, the public helps prevent experimentation, addiction, overdose and even death."

Most locations will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Here are the addresses for the drop-off sites:

SARASOTA:

The Criminal Justice Center,

2071 Ringling Blvd.,

Sarasota, open 24 hours 

The South County office,

4531 State Road 776,

Venice, where the hours are 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

PORT RICHEY:

The Port Richey City Hall parking area. Port Richey Police Officers will be at the Emergency Response Trailer

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY: 

Sponsored by Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office:

Sweetbay Supermarket

2535 State Road 60 East

Valrico, FL 33594

Sponsored by Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office:

Sweetbay Supermarket

15692 N. Dale Mabry Hwy.

Tampa, FL 33618

Sponsored by Tampa Police Department:

Sweetbay Supermarket

2525 North Dale Mabry Hwy.

Tampa, FL 33607

MANATEE COUNTY:

Walgreens 1455 Upper Manatee River Rd., Bradenton

6003 14th St. W, Bradenton

5896 Cortez Rd. W, Bradenton

930 8th Ave. W, Palmetto

5945 U.S. 301, EllentonLaw Enforcement Agencies

600 U.S. Highway 301 Blvd. Suite 202, Bradenton (Manatee Co. Sheriff's Office)

5801 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach (Holmes Beach Police Dept.)

  • 8 On Your SideMore>>

  • 15 year old sexually molested in Highlands Regional Medical Center ICU

    15 year old sexually molested in Highlands Regional Medical Center ICU

    Thursday, April 24 2014 5:36 PM EDT2014-04-24 21:36:53 GMT
    16 year old Jesse Maness admitted he had sex with his 15 year old girlfriend in her ICU bed16 year old Jesse Maness admitted he had sex with his 15 year old girlfriend in her ICU bed
    People go to hospitals to be healed, not sexually molested. But an 8 On Your Side investigation confirmed a 15 year old Highlands county girl, who was heavily medicated and sedated at Highlands Regional Medical Center, was sexually molested in her ICU bed.
    People go to hospitals to be healed, not sexually molested. But an 8 On Your Side investigation confirmed a 15 year old Highlands county girl, who was heavily medicated and sedated at Highlands Regional Medical Center, was sexually molested in her ICU bed.
  • Squatters moving out of New Port Richey soldier's home

    Squatters moving out of New Port Richey soldier's home

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:50 AM EDT2014-04-24 10:50:51 GMT
    Squatters begin moving out of Spc. Michael Sharkey's home on Wednesday night.Squatters begin moving out of Spc. Michael Sharkey's home on Wednesday night.
    Our 8 On Your Side story about a New Port Richey soldier who says his home has been taken over by squatters is striking a nerve in the community and now, the squatters are moving out. 
    Our 8 On Your Side story about a New Port Richey soldier who says his home has been taken over by squatters is striking a nerve in the community and now, the squatters are moving out.  
  • Pricey processing issue at Tampa hair academy resolved

    Pricey processing issue at Tampa hair academy resolved

    Wednesday, April 23 2014 9:35 AM EDT2014-04-23 13:35:13 GMT
    Loretta Maloy says she always expected to pay for the courses she took those several weeks, but thought $10,000 in loans just wasn’t right.
    Loretta Maloy says she always expected to pay for the courses she took those several weeks, but thought $10,000 in loans just wasn’t right.
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Squatters moving out of New Port Richey soldier's home

    Squatters moving out of New Port Richey soldier's home

    Thursday, April 24 2014 6:50 AM EDT2014-04-24 10:50:51 GMT
    Squatters begin moving out of Spc. Michael Sharkey's home on Wednesday night.Squatters begin moving out of Spc. Michael Sharkey's home on Wednesday night.
    Our 8 On Your Side story about a New Port Richey soldier who says his home has been taken over by squatters is striking a nerve in the community and now, the squatters are moving out. 
    Our 8 On Your Side story about a New Port Richey soldier who says his home has been taken over by squatters is striking a nerve in the community and now, the squatters are moving out.  
  • Squatters left dogs at soldier's house in New Port Richey

    Squatters left dogs at soldier's house in New Port Richey

    Thursday, April 24 2014 10:49 AM EDT2014-04-24 14:49:54 GMT
    One of the dogs left at the soldier's houseOne of the dogs left at the soldier's house
    The house of Army Spc. Michael Sharkey sat almost empty early Thursday morning after two squatters said they moved out the day before.
    The house of Army Spc. Michael Sharkey sat almost empty early Thursday morning after two squatters said they moved out the day before.
  • Mom bites off dog's ear to save daughter during attack

    Mom bites off dog's ear to save daughter during attack

    Tuesday, April 22 2014 2:49 PM EDT2014-04-22 18:49:19 GMT
    Image from CNN/KHOU-TVImage from CNN/KHOU-TV
    In a backyard in Alvin, swings a very lucky girl. Her name is Mackenzi Plass, or Kenzi for short, and she survived a dog attack and has undergone several surgeries."She'll be two and a half in May," said her very proud mother Chelsi Camp. "She's doing great. You wouldn't know it if you couldn't see."Mackenzi has scars on her face after the ordeal just weeks ago that put her mother's animal instincts to the test."You do whatever you can," said Camp. "I don't have physical strength at my side."...
    In a backyard in Alvin, swings a very lucky girl. Her name is Mackenzi Plass, or Kenzi for short, and she survived a dog attack and has undergone several surgeries."She'll be two and a half in May," said her very proud mother Chelsi Camp. "She's doing great. You wouldn't know it if you couldn't see."Mackenzi has scars on her face after the ordeal just weeks ago that put her mother's animal instincts to the test."You do whatever you can," said Camp. "I don't have physical strength at my side."...
Powered by WorldNow

200 South Parker Street, Tampa, FL 33606

Telephone: 813.228.8888
Fax: 813.225.2770
Email: news@wfla.com

Can’t find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.