DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
Saturday, April 22, 2023
StandUP Polk and local law enforcement agencies are proud to join The Drug Enforcement Administration and its national and community partners for National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 22, 2023, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, for citizens to dispose of unwanted, unneeded, and expired medications in a safe manner.
According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 9.9 million Americans have misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from the home medicine cabinets of family and friends. National Prescription Drug Take Back Day provides a responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medication.
Prescription Drug Take Back Day may include the following locations in Polk County for citizens to turn in unused, expired, or unwanted Human and Pet Medications in liquid and solid form, along with vitamins and syringes for proper disposal. Medications should be placed in a clear, air-tight plastic bag.
Drop-off locations from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm: (subject to confirmation of participation)
Auburndale Police Department – 2 Bobby Green Plaza
Bartow Police Department – 450 North Broadway Ave.
Davenport Police Department - 16 Bay St. W.
Haines City Police Department – 35400 Highway 27
Lakeland Police Department – 219 N. Massachusetts Ave.
Lake Alfred Police Department – 190 N. Seminole Ave.
Lake Hamilton Police Department – 100 Smith Ave.
Lake Wales Police Department - 133 E. Tillman Ave.
Winter Haven Police Department – 125 N. Lake Silver Dr. NW
Unwanted medications may also be taken to the county’s permanent drop sites, funded by GiveWell Community Foundation, at the Police Department locations in: Auburndale (weekdays 8-5); Haines City (weekdays 8-5); Lake Alfred (24hrs/7days); Lake Hamilton (weekdays 8-5); Lakeland (24hrs/7days); and Winter Haven (weekdays 8-5). Please note: only solids are accepted in permanent drop boxes (no liquids or syringes). To avoid harming lakes and ground water, please do not dispose of medication in the toilet.
Previous medication collections held in Polk County since 2010 have resulted in 26,564.5 pounds of recovered pharmaceuticals safely disposed of via incineration. StandUP Polk is a community coalition working together to prevent harm and promote health through education, public awareness, and advocacy including strategies to prevent youth substance abuse. For more information on the local Prescription Drug Take-Back event, please contact StandUP Polk at (863) 802-0777.
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StandUP Polk and local law enforcement agencies are proud to participate in the DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day each Spring and Fall to provide a convenient and responsible means for citizens to dispose of prescription drugs and other expired or unused human and pet medications in liquid and solid form. It is also a great opportunity to educate the public about the potential for medication abuse. Just drive up, hand officers your medication and drive off - no questions asked.
InnerAct Alliance and the StandUP Polk Coalition are proud to present the
Annual Own The Upside Prevention Summit to discuss important issues facing our community.
* Tuesday, February 21, 2023 *
The Annual Own the Upside Prevention Summit provides an opportunity for School Administrators, Counselors, Social Workers, Psychologists, Resource Officers, and Prevention Specialists to come together and gain up-to-date information with a realistic view of current prevention issues and strategies. Look for information about the 2024 Prevention Summit date, guest speakers, and event location to be announced soon!