Campus Police will be participating in the DEA's National Drug Take-Back Day October 2016.

USFSM Campus Police to Participate in Drug Take-Back Day

By: USFSM

Posted: August 26, 2016

Campus Police will be participating in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on October 22 from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.  During that time, members of the community are encouraged to drop off potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs at the Campus Police Department, where officers will safely dispose of them. Participation in the program is anonymous.

About the Take-Back Initiative

The National Take-Back Initiative was started by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) in conjunction with state and local law enforcement agencies throughout the United States to address a vital public safety and public health issue.

The home medicine cabinet is a potential source for prescription drug misuse and abuse. Many people do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away, both possible safety and environmental hazards.

During the last take back in April 2016, the DEA and over 4,200 of its state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners collected 893,498 pounds of unwanted medicines—about 447 tons—at almost 5,400 sites spread through all 50 states, beating its previous high of 390 tons in the spring of 2014 by 57 tons, or more than 114,000 pounds.

Where to Bring Old Prescription Drugs

The Campus Police Department is located on the New College of Florida Campus at 501 College Drive 34243, one block North of University Parkway off of U.S. 41. The public should park in the Heiser Natural Sciences parking lot opposite the police station.

Campus Police also have an on-site prescription take-back container where community members can brings in prescription medication anytime.  No liquids or needles will be accepted.

For questions, please contact Campus Police at 941-487-4210.

For more information on National Prescription Take-Back Day, visit:

www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html

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