LEESBURG — The Lake County Department of Public Works and the City of Leesburg Police Department encourage residents to clean out their medicine cabinets of all unwanted or expired ingestible medicines at the Prescription Drugs Take-Back event on Thursday, June 16, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Leesburg Wal-Mart, located at 2501 Citrus Blvd. (U.S. Highway 24/441).
The purpose of the event is to help dispose of unwanted medications in a safe and environmentally sensitive way and to prevent improper use by others. The county’s Household Hazardous Waste Mobile Unit also will collect unwanted household hazardous waste. Convenient drive-through disposal of medications and household hazardous waste will be available so residents won’t have to leave their vehicle.
Proper disposal of unwanted or expired medicines – especially pain relievers - is important not only to prevent theft and accidental use, but it also prevents potential water supply contamination. Studies show that improper drug disposal down the toilet or sink contaminates local water resources and endanger aquatic life in lakes, rivers and streams.
Prescription Drugs Take-Back also aims to remove unwanted or expired controlled prescription medications, especially pain relievers. Unwanted or expired prescription medications should be turned in to law enforcement agencies to ensure safe and legal disposal. Each disposal at the event will be anonymous with no questions asked.
“Unattended, unused prescription medications often contribute to accidental poisoning and are the cause of many medical emergencies,” said Johnny Taylor, Lake County Household Hazardous Waste Coordinator. “That’s why it is important to remove all unused medications right away, and Prescription Drugs Take-Back events are a convenient and easy way to do just that.”
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 are scheduled for the following locations and dates:
- July 28 – Lowe’s, located at 16905 Cagan Crossing Blvd, Clermont
- August 18 – The Home Depot, located at 871 N. Highway 27, Lady Lake
- Sept. 15 - Wal-Mart, located at 17030 U.S. Highway 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.