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Prescription Drugs Take-Back event coming to Leesburg on January 26

RELEASE DATE: January 24, 2012

LEESBURG — The Lake County Solid Waste Division 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, Jan. 26, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Leesburg Walmart, located at 2501 Citrus Blvd. (U.S. Highway 27/441).

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 Hazardous Waste & E-Cycling Supervisor. “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:

  • Feb. 23 – Tractor Supply, located at 100 Ardice Ave., Eustis
  • March 8 – Walmart, located at 17030 U.S. Highway 441, Mount Dora
  • March 22 – Lake County Sheriff’s South Lake Office, 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 Solid Waste Division at (352) 343-3776.

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

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