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PHARMACEUTICAL ROUND UP COLLECTS OVER 927 POUNDS OF UNUSED AND OUTDATED DRUGS
10/31/2011

On Saturday, October 29, 2011, from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., The Emerald Coast Utilities Authority, Escambia County Sheriff’s Office, Pensacola Police Department, Pensacola Fire Department, and CVS/Pharmacy, in coordination with the Community Drug and Alcohol Council and the Drug Enforcement Administration, conducted the “Prescription Drug Round-Up.” The free one-day effort between local and federal law enforcement collected over 927 pounds of expired, unwanted or unused pharmaceutically controlled substances, an increase of 640% over the April 30, 2011 event, which accumulated 125 pounds of medications for destruction.

The October 29 event featured eight ‘Take-Back” locations with deputies and officers from the Escambia County Sheriff’s Office and Pensacola Police Department participating in the effort. CVS/Pharmacy donated $5.00 gift cards to individuals turning-in outdated and un-needed pharmaceuticals.

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.

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Saturday, October 29, 2011