The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office collected more than 120 pounds of prescription medication as part of the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) national turn-in event on Saturday.
Citizens dropped off a total of 123 pounds of pharmaceutical drugs; 61 pounds in Sarasota and 62 pounds in Venice.
Anyone who missed the turn-in event can drop off unused or expired prescription medications year-round at either of our two permanent drop boxes: at the Criminal Justice Center. 2071 Ringling Blvd., Sarasota, 24-hours a day; or the south county office, 4531 State Road 776, Venice, where the hours are 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Medicines kept in the home are susceptible to misuse and theft. Many people who abuse prescription drugs steal them from family and friends. In addition to reducing drug crimes and potential overdoses, turning in medication for proper disposal is important to prevent health and safety hazards and keeps the substances out of treatment plants and waterways.