Unused prescription drug collection is Saturday at Wal-Mart

Published: Friday, April 26, 2013 at 10:48 AM.

CRESTVIEW — Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office deputies stationed at Wal-Mart on Saturday will collect unwanted or unused medications, no questions asked. The OCSO and Drug Enforcement Agency’s Drug Take Back aims to prevent drug abuse.

"We have had a great response to the organized events, which allow people to just drive up to the tent and get rid of the drugs," OCSO public information officer Michele Nicholson said in an email. "All the inventory is then destroyed per federal DEA guidelines."

Residents unable to attend Saturday’s event can drop off medication weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Judge Joe N. Livingston Jr. office on the corner of U.S. Highway 90 and State Road 85. Housebound residents can request an officer to collect unwanted prescription drugs.

Dropping off unused medication is officials’ preferred method for its disposal. Flushing it down a toilet or throwing it in the trash can present safety and health hazards, according to an OCSO news release.

Want to go?

The Okaloosa County Sheriff's Office drug take-back runs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Crestview Wal-Mart. 

Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Matthew Brown at 850-682-6524 or matthewb@crestviewbulletin.com. Follow him on Twitter @cnbMatthew.

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