Saturday is drug take-back day


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Law enforcement agencies across northeast Florida will accept used or old prescription drugs on Saturday at various collection sites.

The event is part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, held in conjunction with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, which will be responsible for destruction of the drugs.

It is safer for you and the environment to have old prescriptions destroyed instead of flushing them down a drain or allowing them to fall into the wrong hands.

Expired or unwanted prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, herbal and veterinary medications. No sharp objects, bio hazards, aerosols or items with batteries will be accepted.

Last September, more than 488,395 pounds (244 tons) of prescription medications were collected at 5,263 locations.

Locations to drop off prescription drugs on Saturday between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

Duval County:

  • Wild Wing Cafe, 4555 Southside Blvd., Jacksonville
  • Publix at Reedy Branch Commons, 10920 Baymeadows Road
  • Publix at Roosevelt Square Shopping Center, 4495 Roosevelt Blvd.
  • Publix, 630 Atlantic Boulevard, Neptune Beach

Clay County:  Walgreens, 2675 Blanding Blvd., Middleburg

St. Johns County:  St. Augustine Police Department, 151 King Street

Flagler County:

  • Belle Terre Crossing Shopping Plaza, 4950 Belle Terre Parkway, Palm Coast
  • Bunnell Police Department, 200 South Church Street
  • Palm Harbor Shopping Plaza, 298 Palm Coast Parkway NE
  • Flagler Beach Police Department, 204 South Flagler Avenue
  • Palm Coast Town Center Shopping Plaza, 800 Belle Terre Parkway

Alachua County:

  • Sheriff's Office, 2621 SE Hawthorne Road
  • Walgreens, 1120 East University Ave., Gainesville
  • Walgreens, 2415 SW 75th Street, Gainesville

If your county is not listed, visit the Florida Department of Environmental Protection website and search by city, county or zip code.