|October 23, 2013
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla.–Attorney General Pam Bondi encourages Floridians to participate in National Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, Oct. 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.
“Community involvement can help save Floridians’ lives from prescription drug abuse,” stated Attorney General Pam Bondi. “I encourage all citizens to remove unused or unnecessary drugs from their medicine cabinets and to drop them off at a participating location this Saturday.”
This effort is organized by the Drug Enforcement Administration in conjunction with state and local law enforcement. Floridians can visit MyFloridaLegal.com and follow the Drug Take-Back Day banner to find participating locations.
Since taking office, Attorney General Bondi has been committed to stopping prescription drug abuse. In 2011, Attorney General Bondi worked with the Florida Legislature to pass legislation cracking down on Florida's pill mills. During the 2012 legislative session, Attorney General Bondi worked with lawmakers to create the Statewide Task Force on Prescription Drug Abuse and Newborns to examine the scope of the problem of prescription drug abuse by expectant mothers, the costs associated with caring for babies with neonatal withdrawal syndrome, the long-term effects of the syndrome, and prevention strategies. In September, Attorney General Bondi and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement released the 2012 Drugs Identified in Deceased Persons Report by Florida Medical Examiners showing deaths caused by oxycodone plunged by 41 percent in 2012. Overall occurrences of prescription drug deaths fell by 9.9 percent.