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Safe Medication Disposal

Special to Seniors Today
Unused medication can some-times find its way into the wrong hands, so it’s critical to dispose of it properly.

Nearly 10 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs, according to a 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Most of those drugs came from family and friends. That’s why it’s important to rid our homes of unwanted medications.
Unneeded or expired medications that are not properly secured or disposed can also be associated with accidental poisoning.

Medication disposal kiosks: These in-store disposal units accept prescription medications, over-the-counter medications, and liquid medication bottles. Items not allowed include illegal drugs (Schedule 1), needles, syringes, or sharps containers, medical de-vices and batteries, aerosol cans and inhalers, chemicals, and mercury-containing devices.

The Volusia Sheriff’s Offices has boxes located at these VSO locations, where you can now drop off medications during normal business hours, all year long:

• District 2: 1706 South Woodland Blvd., DeLand;
• District 3 North: 1435 U.S. 1, Suite D-3, Ormond Beach;
• District 4: 1691 Providence Blvd., Deltona;
• District 6: 79 South Charles Beall Blvd., DeBary;
• Operations: 1330 Indian Lake Road, Daytona Beach.

Place pills or sealed bottles of liquid in a sealable plastic bag. Be sure to remove all personal information on pill bottle labels and medicine packaging. All of your medicines dropped off at the take back locations will be destroyed.

Open containers of liquid also won’t be accepted unless containers are completely sealed and not leaking. These rules are posted at each receptacle location in both English and Spanish.

In addition to using the new receptacles, Volusia residents may call a deputy to pick up the medications. Call the Sheriff’s Office non-emergency number 386.248.1777 to re-quest a pickup