For Immediate Release: October 27, 2017
Governor Scott Proclaims October 28 as Prescription Drug Take Back Day
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott proclaimed October 28 as Prescription Drug Take Back Day in Florida as another effort to combat the opioid crisis impacting families and communities across the state. View a copy of the signed proclamation here.
“We are fully committed to supporting Florida’s communities as they continue to fight the national opioid epidemic,” Florida Department of Children and Families Secretary Mike Carroll said. “I encourage all Floridians who have unused prescription medication, especially opioids, to participate in Prescription Drug Take Back Day in your community to ensure the prescription medications are disposed of properly.”
According to the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. National Drug Take Back Day is DEA’s seventh annual event to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.
To find your local Prescription Drug Take Back Day collection site, visit https://apps.deadiversion.usdoj.gov. For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs go to https://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/index.html.