Monday, March 26, 2012

Purge Your Pills Rx Drop Off - Saturday, April 28, 2012

Purge Your Pills Rx Drop Off - Saturday, April 28th

StandUP Polk and local law enforcement agencies are proud to join The Drug Enforcement Administration and its national and community partners for the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, April 28, 2012 from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm, for citizens who want to dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Each day, approximately, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high for the first time according to the Partnership for a Drug Free America. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

Our community’s Spring Purge Your Pills Rx Drop Off will include 8 locations in Polk County for citizens to turn in unused, expired, or unwanted Human and Pet Medications for safe and proper disposal. Medications should be placed in a clear, air-tight plastic bag.

Drop-off locations on April 28th from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm are:

Auburndale Police Department – 2 Bobby Green Plaza, Auburndale, FL
Davenport Police Department – 17 Market Street, Davenport, FL
FDOT – 801 North Broadway Ave., Bartow, FL – Hosted by Bartow Police Dept
Haines City Police Department – 35400 Highway 27, Haines City, FL
Lake Alfred Police Department – 190 North Seminole Avenue, Lake Alfred, FL
Lake Wales Police Department - 133 East Tillman Avenue, Lake Wales, FL
Lakeland Police Department – 219 N. Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland, FL
Winter Haven Police Department – 125 North Lake Silver Drive NW, Winter Haven, FL

Previous prescription medication collections held in Polk County in spring and fall 2010 and spring 2011 have resulted in nearly 1,700 pounds of recovered pharmaceuticals. All medications were safely disposed of via incineration.

For more information on the local Pill Drop event or locations, please contact StandUP Polk at (863) 802-0777.

Polk County Town Hall Meeting - April 19, 2012

Members of StandUP Polk, the Coalition for a Drug-Free Polk, are proud to present an Informative Polk County Town Hall Meeting on Thursday morning, April 19, 2012, at the Fun Town 4D Theater at LEGOLAND Florida in Winter Haven to discuss trends and give input on prevention needs in our community.

The Town Hall Meeting is open to the public and free to the first 200 registrants. Registration and a light breakfast will take place from 7:30 AM to 8:00 AM, with the program scheduled from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM. Admission to LEGOLAND Florida theme park is not included with this event.

Advance registration is required by calling StandUP Polk at (863) 802-0777.