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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day Saturday

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If you want to get rid of expired unwanted prescription drugs in your cabinets you can bring them to a local collection site this Saturday no questions asked. Drug Enforcement Administration together with the local law enforcement agencies hosts its sixth National Drug Take-Back Day April 27th.

During the previous events this anonymous and free service helped collect more than 1,000 tons (over 2 million pounds) of prescription medications in the last three years since it started.

According to the most recent National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more people abuse prescription drugs than cocaine, hallucinogens, and heroin combined, DEA officials said.

They hope the take-back day will help bring those numbers down.

"We know that young people consider controlled-substance prescription drugs, like Vicodin, to be a safer way to get high, but they couldn't be more wrong," said DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart. "By removing unwanted prescription drugs from their homes, the public helps prevent experimentation, addiction, overdose and even death."

Most locations will be open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. Here are the addresses for the drop-off sites:

SARASOTA:

The Criminal Justice Center,

2071 Ringling Blvd.,

Sarasota, open 24 hours 

The South County office,

4531 State Road 776,

Venice, where the hours are 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

PORT RICHEY:

The Port Richey City Hall parking area. Port Richey Police Officers will be at the Emergency Response Trailer

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY: 

Sponsored by Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office:

Sweetbay Supermarket

2535 State Road 60 East

Valrico, FL 33594

Sponsored by Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office:

Sweetbay Supermarket

15692 N. Dale Mabry Hwy.

Tampa, FL 33618

Sponsored by Tampa Police Department:

Sweetbay Supermarket

2525 North Dale Mabry Hwy.

Tampa, FL 33607

MANATEE COUNTY:

Walgreens 1455 Upper Manatee River Rd., Bradenton

6003 14th St. W, Bradenton

5896 Cortez Rd. W, Bradenton

930 8th Ave. W, Palmetto

5945 U.S. 301, EllentonLaw Enforcement Agencies

600 U.S. Highway 301 Blvd. Suite 202, Bradenton (Manatee Co. Sheriff's Office)

5801 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach (Holmes Beach Police Dept.)

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