Drug Take-Back Initiative Now Available Every Day

Residents and visitors can discard unwanted prescription medication at the Fernandina Beach Police Department, seven days a week, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Drug Take-Back Initiative Now Available Every DayWhat began as the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day has now become the Fernandina Beach Police Department Prescription Drug Take-Back EVERY Day program.

While the DEA is about to conduct its very successful event for the fourth time on April 28, 2012, the Fernandina Beach Police Department has made a commitment to cleaning out medicine cabinets of unwanted drugs on a daily basis so that they don’t fall into the wrong hands or end up contaminating our water system.

Nationwide, Americans turned in more than 188 tons of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal during the 3rd National Drug Take-Back Initiative on October 29, 2011. Locally, the Fernandina Beach Police Department participated in the national program by staffing a collection site at the Publix Supermarket on Sadler Road for each of the first three events.

Fernandina Beach is now the first law enforcement agency in Northeast Florida to provide a secured collection box for unused, unwanted, or expired prescription medication. Residents and visitors can stop by seven days a week between 8:00 AM and 5:00 PM to dispose of these drugs right in the main lobby of the Police Department at 1525 Lime Street, on Amelia Island.

This service is free and anonymous to all residents and visitors. No questions asked. Anyone can bring their unwanted prescription medication to the Fernandina Beach Police Department and drop them off in a secured collection box.

Most prescription medication and over the counter medication are allowed. Items that cannot be disposed of are used or unused needles, intra-venous solutions, glass bottles, or liquid medications. Once the items are collected by the Fernandina Beach Police, the medications will be disposed of and destroyed in a safe, environmentally-friendly manner according to state laws and department guidelines.

“Multidrug toxicity” deaths have been on the rise in Florida and around the country in recent years. This pill box initiative is aimed at reducing the amount of prescription medicines finding their way from medicine cabinets onto the streets, allowing individuals to safely dispose of expired or unused prescription drugs anytime throughout the year. This program will reduce the potential for diversion of these drugs, keeping them out of the hands of our children and others, and reducing accidental overdose. It also significantly helps reduce the impact of disposal on our environment.

In addition to the daily monitoring of the prescription disposal container, the Fernandina Beach Police Department will again be participating in the National Drug Take Back Program on April 28th and the City of Fernandina Beach Recycle Program.

Anyone with questions regarding the prescription disposal container can contact Captain David Bishop at the Fernandina Beach Police Department (904) 277-7342.

Residents and visitors can discard unwanted prescription medication at the Fernandina Beach Police Department, seven days a week, from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.

Items commonly accepted: Prescription medications, prescription patches, ointments, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, sample medications, pet medications.

Items not commonly accepted: Sharps or needles, thermometers, hydrogen peroxide, inhalers, aerosol cans, commercial medications from businesses or clinics.

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1 Comment

  1. ameliadude

    Congratulations to our Local Police Department for being the first in Northeast Florida to provide a place to properly dispose of unwanted medications! Kudos to Chief Hurley and his staff!!!

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