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Proper disposal of unwanted medications

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A prescription drug drop box is located in the lobby of the Port St. Lucie Police Department for disposal of unwanted, unused prescription and over-the-counter medications. The drop box provides a safe and secure way to prevent these medications from getting into the wrong hands. Medicines that languish in home cabinets and drawers are 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, as well as the home medicine cabinet.

Using the drop box for disposal also helps protect the environment. Flushing medicines down the toilet or washing them away in the sink may get them out of your home, but it ultimately exposes wildlife and marine life to dangerous chemicals that have entered their water supply. Throwing medications out with the household garbage also heightens the risk of exposure to rummaging wildlife or small children.

Drop-box locations

The prescription drug drop box, located in the Port St. Lucie Police Department lobby, is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Anyone with unwanted medication can dispose of it; no questions asked. The box is not for disposal of liquids or biohazard materials such as used needles or lancets.

Both the Martin County Sheriff's Office and St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office have drop boxes located in their lobbies, which are available during business hours Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. These sites also do not accept liquids or biohazard materials.

Drug Take-Back Day

In April 2013, the Port St. Lucie Police Department participated in the Drug Enforcement Agency's national Take-Back Day initiative. This event provides a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposal while educating the public about the potential dangers lurking in the medicine cabinet. The program was a great success in Port St. Lucie, collecting more than 250 pounds of unused or expired medication. The collected items were sent to the local Drug Enforcement Agency office for permanent disposal.

For more information and resources about proper drug disposal, visit the Drug Enforcement Administration website.


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