New College of Florida Participates in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, September 29, 2012

September 20, 2012 — New College of Florida will be participating in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2012, from 10 am-2 pm. During that time, members of the Sarasota and Bradenton communities are encouraged to drop off potentially dangerous, expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs at the Campus Police Station where officers will safely dispose of them. Participation in the program is completely anonymous.
The Campus Police Station is located at 501 College Drive, just one block north of University Parkway on U.S. 41. The public should park in the Heiser Natural Sciences parking lot opposite the police station. For questions, please contact Lt. Mike Kessie at 941-487-4210 or mkessie@ncf.edu.
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 most recent DEA-led National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, citizens turned in a record-breaking 276 tons of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal. When the results of the four Take-Back Days to date are combined, the DEA and its state, local and tribal law-enforcement and community partners have removed more than 774 tons of medication from circulation.
For more information, visit www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback.
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