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Partnership Policing Communications Coordinator (PIO)
Genevieve Judge
Desk Phone: 941-954-7094
Fax: 941-954-7034

Sarasota Police to Partner with DEA & Local Community Groups for National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Post Date:04/19/2023 10:58 AM

The Sarasota Police Department will partner with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center, and Drug-Free Sarasota on Saturday, April 22, 2023, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., for the DEA National Take Back Day.

The event will allow the community to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. While the drop-box in the lobby of the Sarasota Police Department is available year-round, residents are encouraged to bring expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs to two drop-off locations for part of the National Take Back Day on April 22:

  • Sarasota Police Department Headquarters, 2099 Adams Lane, Sarasota,
  • The Glasser/Schoenbaum Human Services Center, 1750 17th Street, Sarasota. *** This is a drive-thru location that will be accepting sharps as well as liquids. ***

This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse. Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved, abused, or illegally sold. Proper disposal of unused drugs can save lives and protect the environment. Prescription drugs unused and flushed can contaminate water supplies.

Drop-off sites can collect tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs. Only specific sites can accept liquids, needles, or sharps. The DEA National Take Back Day is free and anonymous, with no questions.

During the last National Take-Back Day in October 2022, the DEA collected 324 tons (647,163 lbs.) of expired, unwanted, and unused prescription medications nationwide. Clearing out unused medicine is essential, with studies indicating many abused prescription drugs come from family and friends, including home medicine cabinets. Learn more about the event at or by calling 800-882-9539.




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