|April 24, 2014
Media Contact: Jenn Meale
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi encourages Floridians to participate in National Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at locations throughout the state. This event provides a safe way to dispose of unnecessary prescription medications.
“In some cases, prescription drug abuse begins at home with the abuse of unnecessary, leftover prescription drugs,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “By ridding your home of unnecessary prescription drugs, you can ensure the safe disposal of these drugs and help eliminate the potential danger of prescription drug abuse. In October 2013, the Drug Take-Back Day in Florida yielded 16,950 pounds of unnecessary prescription drugs, and I encourage Floridians to continue to participate in this valuable program.”
This effort is organized by the Drug Enforcement Agency in conjunction with state and local law enforcement. Floridians can find nearby participating locations by following this link: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/
When Attorney General Bondi took office, 98 of the top 100 dispensing physicians of oxycodone nationwide resided in Florida. Today, none of the top 100 dispensing physicians of oxycodone resides in Florida. Also since Attorney General Bondi has taken office, there has been a 23 percent decrease in prescription drug overdose deaths.