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ECUA, ESCAMBIA COUNTY SHERIFF’S OFFICE, PENSACOLA POLICE and FIRE DEPARTMENT, CVS DRUGS, CDAC, and DEA CONDUCT PRESCRIPTION DRUG ROUND-UP
10/19/2011

The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority (ECUA), Escambia County Sheriff’s Office (ECSO), Pensacola Police Department, and Pensacola Fire Department, in coordination with the Community Drug and Alcohol Council (CDAC), and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will conduct the “Prescription Drug Round-Up,” Saturday, October 29, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event is a one-day effort between local and federal law enforcement to provide the general public a site to voluntarily surrender expired, unwanted, unused pharmaceutically-controlled substances, and other medications for proper destruction.

Pharmaceuticals are being discovered in our nation's waterways at very low concentrations. While the sources of these pharmaceuticals may be numerous, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been studying unused pharmaceutical disposal practices. This study was prompted by the concern that potentially large amounts of pharmaceuticals are being flushed or improperly disposed of down the drain, ultimately ending up in rivers, streams and coastal waters.

Escambia County Sheriff David Morgan says, “Prescription drug abuse is not uncommon in our society and this is an opportunity for members of our community to get rid of their unwanted drugs before they fall into the hands of someone who may abuse or misuse them.”

On April 30, 2011, the “Prescription Drug Round-Up” collected over 125 pounds of unused and unwanted prescription drugs with an estimated street value of $500,000.

The Saturday, October 29, 2011 event will feature 8 locations with deputies and officers from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and Pensacola Police Department participating in the effort.

The Pharmaceutical Round-Up

Acceptable Items:

  • Expired or unwanted prescription medications
  • Over the counter medications
  • Vitamins and Nutritional Supplements
  • Veterinary Medications
  • Homeopathic remedies

Non-Acceptable Items:

  • Narcotics
  • Needles/Sharps
  • Thermometers
  • IV Bags
  • Bloody or infectious waste
  • Personal care products

Prescription Bottles

Participants should bring the medications in their original bottles or containers. For privacy issues, participants should black out their personal information (i.e. name, address, etc) as well as their doctors information, but they should not black-out the medication name. This is necessary if there is a need to catalogue the medications.

 

CVS Locations:                                                                 

13430 Innerarity Point Road           

5301 North Palafox Street   (Corner Brent Lane and North Palafox Street)

2090 South Hwy 29, Cantonment (Corner Hwy 29 and Kingsfield Road)

8150 North Davis Highway (Corner North Davis Highway and Olive Road)

1 East Nine Mile Road (Corner Palafox Street and 9 Mile Road)     

 

Escambia County Sheriff Office Location:

Precinct 5, Cantonment
5844 North Hwy 29
Molino, Florida 32577          

 

Pensacola Police and Fire Department Locations

PPD Headquarters

711 North Hayne Street

Pensacola Fire Department

Station 6

6550 North 9th Avenue

 

For additional event information, contact Jim Roberts, public information officer, (850) 969-3348, or email Jim.roberts@ecua.fl.gov.