The Lakeland Police Department and other local agencies are partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration by holding a “Drug Take Back Day” for citizens that would like to discard unwanted human or pet medication they may have accumulated in the back of their medicine cabinet or cupboards. It does not matter how many, what size, or what kind they are. Pills need to be placed in a clear, air-tight sealed plastic bag, and may be dropped off on Saturday, April 30, 2011, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., where law enforcement personnel will be present to accept the pills.
Additional Locations for Safe Disposal:
Auburndale Police Department – 2 Bobby Green Plaza, Auburndale, FL
City of Zolfo Springs Sheriff Substation – US 17 (Town Hall Building), Zolfo Springs, FL
Florida Dept. of Transportation – 801 North Broadway Ave., Bartow, FL – Hosted by Bartow Police Dept.
Davenport Police Department – 17 Market Street, Davenport, FL
Haines City Police Department – 35400 Highway 27, Haines City, FL
Hardee County Sheriff’s Office – 900 East Summit Street, Wauchula, FL
Lake Alfred Police Department – 190 North Seminole Avenue, Lake Alfred, FL
Lake Wales Police Department – 133 East Tillman Avenue, Lake Wales, FL
Lakeland Police Department– 219 N. Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, FL
Winter Haven Police Department – 125 North Lake Silver Drive NW, Winter Haven, FL
Wauchula Police Department - 128 South 7th Street, Wauchula, FL
This event has been designed to bring about awareness. Accidental prescription drug overdose is reportedly on the rise. Storing excess pills you do not intend to use or storing outdated medication in your home can pose a risk for accidental ingestion or abuse. Disposing of pills by flushing them down the toilet or sink can cause contamination to lakes and ground water.
For additional information, contact Sergeant Terri Smith, PIO at 863.834.6917. There is also information available at www.dea.gov or contact StandUp Polk Coalition/InnerAct Alliance at 863.802.0777.