Attorney General Pam Bondi News Release
October 26, 2018
Contact: Whitney Ray
Phone: (850) 245-0150
Help Fight the Opioid Crisis by Participating in Drug Take Back Day
TALLAHASSEE, Fla.—Attorney General Pam Bondi is asking Floridians to help fight the national opioid crisis claiming lives in Florida by participating in the 16th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. The nationwide event to help people safely dispose of unwanted prescription medications will be held this Saturday, Oct. 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drug Take Backs enable the public to bring expired or no longer needed prescription drugs to local drop-off points for proper disposal. Disposing of unwanted or expired pharmaceuticals can help prevent drug abuse, drug addiction and overdose deaths.
“National Prescription Drug Take Back Day is a great opportunity for Floridians to dispose of prescription medications responsibly and help us combat the national opioid crisis claiming lives in Florida,” said Attorney General Bondi. “Sadly, users will often rummage through the medicine cabinets of family members or friends in search of opioid pills. Drug take-back days encourage citizens to get rid of these addictive medications, and potentially save a life in the process.”
The Drug Enforcement Administration coordinates drug take-back days in conjunction with state and local law enforcement. Floridians can find local participating locations and learn more about National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, at DEATakeBack.com.
During the last National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in April, participants disposed of nearly 950,000 pounds of prescription medication—30,809 pounds in Florida alone.
For more information about the April results, click here.