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'Prescription Drugs Take Back’ event encourages environmentally safe disposal of unwanted medications

RELEASE DATE: April 4, 2011

EUSTIS — The Lake County Department of Public Works, in partnership with the Eustis Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will be hosting a “Prescription Drugs Take Back” on Saturday, April 16, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Tractor Supply Company parking lot, located at 100 Ardice Ave., Eustis.

The purpose of the event is to encourage residents to properly dispose of all unwanted or expired ingestible medicines, vitamins or cough syrups. The County’s Household Hazardous Waste unit will also be on-hand collecting unwanted household hazardous waste. The staff at the event will be offering a convenient drive-through disposal option, so residents don’t have to leave their vehicle.

Proper disposal of unwanted or expired medicines is important not only for preventing accidental ingestion by animals and children, but also to prevent potential water supply contamination. Studies suggest disposing of medications down the toilet or sink contaminates water supplies and endangers aquatic life in lakes, rivers and streams, since wastewater facilities are not designed to remove pharmaceuticals.

“Many people are unaware of the potential hazards of abuse and misuse of prescription and non-prescription medicine that exist in their home medicine cabinets,” said Johnny Taylor, Lake County’s Hazardous Waste Coordinator. “Instead of disposing of old pills or liquids down the toilet or sink, sharing them with a friend or throwing them in the garbage, the “Prescription Drugs Take Back” events give residents an opportunity to dispose of unwanted or expired medicines and Household Hazardous Waste properly.”

“Prescription Drugs Take Back” also aims to remove unwanted or expired controlled prescription medications, especially pain relievers. Controlled substances can only be turned in to law enforcement agencies due to regulations of the chain of custody. All disposals of medications at the event will be anonymous with no questions asked.

Some items that will not be collected at the event include infectious waste, photographic chemicals, solvents, wastes with a high content of heavy metals (e.g. mercury and cadmium), chemical laboratory wastes or radioactive waste.

For more information about “Prescription Drugs Take Back” and Household Hazardous Collection event call the Lake County Department of Public Works at (352) 343-3776.
 

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More Information:
Lake County Department of Public Works
(352) 343-3776
http://www.lakecountyfl.gov/departments/public_works/solid_waste/

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Kelly Lafollette
Information Outreach Director
Office: 352-343-9603; Cell: 352-455-0445
klafollette@lakecountyfl.gov

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