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Monday, April 15, 2024

Got unused or unwanted medications? Drug Take Back Day returns this Saturday.

Marion County residents will have an opportunity to dispose of their unused or unwanted prescription medications during the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 22.

The collection event will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the following locations in Marion County:

  • Ocala Police Department – front atrium (402 S Pine Avenue in Ocala).
  • Dunnellon Police Department (12014 S Williams Street in Dunnellon).

The National Take Back initiative is in response to the drug overdose epidemic in the United States, and the DEA encourages the public to remove unneeded medications from their homes to help prevent medication misuse and opioid addition before it starts.

According to the DEA, the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in April 2022 resulted in the combined collection of over 720,000 pounds of prescription medication at 5,144 collection sites across the United States.

Since 2010, the DEA and its law enforcement partners have collected nearly 16 million pounds of unwanted prescription medications.

For more information, visit the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day website.