Prescription drug take-back is Oct. 28

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Ocala, The Villages, Dunnellon, Williston sites

Local law enforcement agencies will be participating in the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 10 a.m.- 2 p.m.
According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The National Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative is a safe, convenient and anonymous way of disposing of prescription drugs and preventing them from falling into the hands of those who might abuse them. This is a one-day event where citizens can bring in their unused or unwanted prescription medications to various locations.
Ocala Police Dept.,  402 S. Pine Ave., Ocala.
South Marion District Sheriff’s Office,  8230 SE 165th Mulberry Lane, The Villages.
Southwest District Sheriff’s Office, 9048 SW SR 200, Ocala.
South Multi District Sheriff’s Office, 3260 SE 80th St.,  Ocala.
Dunnellon Police Dept., 10214 S. Williams St., Dunnellon.
Williston Police Dept., 5 SW First Ave., Williston.
During the last Drug Take Back Day in April, 900,386 pounds (450 tons) of prescription drugs were collected.
 by local law enforcement and the DEA nationwide,
with 29,055 pounds collected in Florida alone.