Sat., Aug. 27 will be “Prescription Drug Take-Back Day,” the second annual statewide drug take-back event that will allow citizens to safely return unused or expired medications.

The event, which is sponsored by The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators, the National Family Partnership, Walgreens and the C.A.R.E.S. (Collaborating and Acting Responsibly to Ensure Safety) Alliance,  is being coordinated in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Prescription drug abuse has reached near-epidemic proportions in Florida, where an average of seven people a day die of prescription drug overdoses.

State Sen. Mike Fasano, R-New Port Richey, was a major proponent of a statewide prescription drug monitoring database that will soon be implemented in Florida.

“By removing them from the home the drugs are no longer accessible to people who may be inclined, especially children, to try or use drugs that were not prescribed for them,” says Greg Giordano, Fasano’s chief legislative aide. “Hopefully lives will be saved, and people will be spared the possibility of becoming addicted to drugs that were never meant for them.

“Drug take-back days are excellent events that everyone in a community can participate in to prevent prescription drug abuse,” said Attorney General Pam Bondi in a press release about the event. “Just yesterday, we found that prescription drug-related deaths have increased by nine percent, and ridding one’s home of unnecessary prescription drugs is a good start to protecting family members and loved ones from prescription drug abuse.”

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