Do you have expired or unused prescription drugs? Bring them to Sarasota PD

Genevieve Judge, PIO SPD

SARASOTA (WWSB) - Have you looked in your cabinet lately and noticed unused or expired drugs in your home? No worries, the Sarasota Police Department is allowing people to get rid of them this weekend.

On Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. SPD and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration will allow the public to bring their unwanted prescription drugs to the lobby of the Sarasota Police Department, 2099 Adams Lane, for disposal.

The service is free and no questions will be asked, according to a release from the Sarasota Police Department. Police say this is the 17th time in nine years they allow citizens to bring their items to prevent pill abuse.

Police say the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that most misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet.

The Sarasota Police Department has a permanent drop-box in the lobby at Sarasota Police Headquarters and can be accessed from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., seven days a week.

Side Note: The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.

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