Campus Police to Participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day April 25, 2020

Campus Police will be participating in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 25th 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.

The total amount of prescription drugs collected by local, tribal, state and federal law enforcement partners since the beginning of the program in 2010 is 12.7 million pounds.  Campus Police has participated in the program since 2010 and has collected over 140 pounds in 2018 and 2019 alone.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Initiative addresses a crucial public safety and public health issue. According to a National Survey on Drug Use and Health, millions of Americans abuse controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.  Collection sites will accept vaping devices and cartridges in addition to medications at all of its drop-off locations.  With confirmed lung injuries and deaths attributed to vaping use, DEA is working diligently in our communities and through our outreach efforts to spread the word about the dangers of vaping.

Since regulations made the disposal of controlled prescription drugs easier for patients and their caregivers, law enforcement agencies, pharmacies, hospitals and clinics have begun continuous collection of these medications.

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 bring 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

https://www.ncf.edu/police/info/community-services

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