MINNEOLA — The Lake County Department of Public Works, in partnership with the City of Minneola and the Lake County Sheriff’s Office will be hosting a “Prescription Drugs Take Back” event on Thursday, May 12, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Minneola City Hall, located at 800 N. U.S. Highway 27.
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.
“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.
Additional “Prescription Drugs Take Back” events have been scheduled for the following locations and dates:
- June 16 - Wal-Mart, located at 2501 Citrus Blvd, Leesburg
- July 28 – Lowe’s, located at 16905 Cagan Crossing Blvd, Clermont
- August 18 – The Home Depot, located at 871 N. Hwy 27, Lady Lake
- Sept. 15 - Wal-Mart, located at 17030 US Hwy 441, Mount Dora
- October 20 – Lake County Sheriff’s South Lake Substation, located at 15855 State Road 50, Clermont
For more information about the “Prescription Drugs Take Back” event or Household Hazardous Collection call the Lake County Department of Public Works at (352) 343-3776.