Tampa Bay law enforcement participating in 'National Drug Take-Back Day'

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Today is National Drug Take-Back Day. Most are by now aware of the deadly prescription drug epidemic throughout Florida and here in Pinellas County. While the DEA and other law enforcement agencies are fighting back by shutting down pill mills and raiding dealers, there’s something very important you can do to help, too. Safely dispose of your unused and expired prescription drugs.

Today is a great day to do just that. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is partnering up with Tampa Bay area agencies for “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.”

On this day, sites nationwide will be open to take back your prescription drugs, helping to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

Local collections sites can be found by visiting www.dea.gov , clicking on “Got Drugs?”, and entering a zip code.

This opportunity is free and anonymous. While law enforcement will be on-site helping to secure the deposits, no questions will be asked, and all prescription medications will be accepted.

Most sites across the area are holding their events from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. local time.

Nationwide, the DEA’s three previous Take-Back Days resulted in nearly a million pounds (almost 500 tons) of prescription drugs at over 5,300 sites operated by more than 4,000 of the DEA’s state and local law enforcement partners.

In October 2011, 4 ½ tons of prescription drugs were collected from Florida sites and were safely disposed of.

Via Daphne Taylor Street. You can reach Daphne at dts.streetmedia@gmail.com.

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