EUSTIS — The Lake County Department of Public Works, Eustis Police Department and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) is reminding residents to make plans to drop-off their unwanted or expired ingestible medicines, cough syrups or vitamins at the “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.
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.
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.
“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.