Tuesday, September 23, 2014

VCSO Drug Take Back Day

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office will hold their prescription drug take back day on Saturday, September 27th. The press release is below: 

Since its launch in 2010, a series of national prescription drug take-back events have resulted in nearly 125,000 pounds of unwanted drugs being taken out of circulation in Florida and safely discarded. The numbers will increase this Saturday with the next take-back event, as residents get ready to clean out their medicine cabinets and get rid of unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs.

On Saturday, the Volusia County Sheriff’s Office will join with law enforcement agencies around the country in a national drug take-back event. The Sheriff’s Office will be manning five drop-off sites throughout the county. The events are coordinated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) as part of a national effort to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means for the public to voluntarily dispose of unwanted prescription drugs while also educating residents about the potential for abuse of these medications. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet. 

The Sheriff’s Office’s drop-off sites on Saturday will be located at the agency’s district headquarters in DeLand, Deltona, DeBary, Ormond Beach and New Smyrna Beach. The sites will open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. And for those who miss Saturday’s event, the Sheriff’s Office offers a continuous program where residents can drop off their unwanted prescription drugs at a district office or make arrangements to have a deputy pick up their unwanted prescription medicine by calling the Sheriff’s Office’s Communications Center. Saturday’s event is free and anonymous. The Sheriff’s Office’s drop-off sites will be at the following locations:

1706 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand
1691 Providence Blvd., Deltona
94 S. U.S. Highway 17-92, DeBary
1435 U.S. Highway 1, Suite D-3, Ormond Beach
101 E. Canal Street, New Smyrna Beach