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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Bradenton, Florida -- On April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Manatee County Substance Abuse Coalition, along with the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, will participate in National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

It gives the public an opportunity to prevent Prescription Drug abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Liquids and needles are not accepted.

Bring your medications for disposal to the following drop off locations: 

  • Walgreens,1455 Upper Manatee River Rd., Bradenton
  • Walgreens, 6003 14th St. W, Bradenton
  • Walgreens, 5896 Cortez Rd. W, Bradenton
  • Walgreens, 930 8th Ave. W, Palmetto
  • Walgreens, 5945 U.S. 301, Ellenton
  • Manatee County Sheriff's Office, 600 U.S. Highway 301 Blvd. Suite 202, Bradenton
  • Holmes Beach Police Department, 5801 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach 

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. Prescription drug abuse kills 7 Floridians every day. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including 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 hazard

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