Prescription Drug Take Back Program
Sheriff’s Office Takes Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs on set Dates
Both our Main Operations Building in Inverness and our Emergency Operations Center in Lecanto take unwanted prescription drug medications – no questions asked. No needles or aerosols. Also, this collection is for residents, not businesses. We look forward to seeing you there!
In September of 2014, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its five previous Take Back events, the DEA and its partners took in over 2 million pounds—over a thousand tons—of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
Four days after the first event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances. The DEA is drafting regulations to implement the Act. Until new regulations are in place, the Citrus County Sheriff’s Office, other local law enforcement agencies and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events.