National Prescription Drug Take Back Day
- Date: 10/26/2019 10:00 AM - 2:00 PM
- Location: Health First Palm Bay Hospital
1425 Malabar Road
Palm Bay, Florida 32907
- Introduction: The DEA’s Take Back Day events provide an opportunity for Americans to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths by providing a safe, convenient, and anonymous meas of disposing of prescription drugs.
Palm Bay, FL – On Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Palm Bay Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to Health First Palm Bay Hospital at 1425 Malabar Rd NE, Palm Bay. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health shows year after year that the majority of misused and abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including someone else’s medication being stolen from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.