Bring your pills to the Sheriff's Office

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Take-back day is Saturday, April 28

This Saturday, April 28, the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, along with the Ocala Police Department and in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), will participate in the National Pill Take Back Day. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., a uniformed officer will be stationed at the following “no questions asked” collection sites:
* Marion County Sheriff’s Office Southwest District Office, 9048 S.W. State Road 200.
* Marion County Sheriff’s Office South Marion District Office, 8230 S.E. 165th Mulberry Lane, The Villages.
* Ocala Police Department, 402 S. Pine Ave., Ocala.
The purpose of this event is to give persons in the community who have a surplus of outdated prescription drugs; pills they don’t have a prescription for; or pills they obtained illegally, an opportunity to turn them in without facing any criminal charges or repercussions. Marion County and the state of Florida have seen a significant increase in the abuse of prescription drugs and overdoses in the last few years. Many of these cases involve adolescents who obtained these medications from their parents or their home medicine cabinet.
The Sheriff’s Office encourages anyone who has prescription pills they would like to or need to get rid of, to take advantage of this National Pill Take Back Day to do so. Citizens can also visit www.dea.gov to enter their zip code and locate the drop-off site closest to them. More information about prescription drug abuse is also available on this site.