Drug Take Back Day Report

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The University of Central Florida managed to take in just 11.25 pounds of medication during its seventh-annual Drug Take Back Day on Wednesday.

That’s a fair share less than the 75-pound average per outing since it began. But that number may be due in part to UCF’s two medication drop-off boxes that were installed on campus.

In cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Agency, the UCF Police Department partnered with UCF Health services to get unused and expired over-the-counter and prescription medicines off the streets and create awareness of how to properly dispose of those medications.

“It’s a great program to get them out of people’s houses,” Cpl. James Roop said. “If you’re not using it, it’s not yours, get rid of it, and this is a perfect
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According to the U.S. Department of Justice, over 4.8 million pounds of medication were collected from 2010 to …show more content…
“We make sure that we advertise that there is no questions asked. It’s a matter of you drop off your prescriptions, we don’t ask questions, we don’t care where they came from or if they’re even yours,” said Crystal Colvenbach, who organizes each event as the marketing coordinator for Student Health Services.

The only catch is that the person disposing of the drugs must remove the label or mark it out sufficiently so the name on the prescription is no longer visible.

But if a person is deterred by police presence, there are two drop-off boxes on campus for easy access. The box on the first floor of the Student Health Services building is open Monday through Saturday and the box next to Subway inside the Student Union is open seven days per week.

“If they prefer to do it on their own time, that’s available as well. … Without police involvement, without anyone, they can come and drop it straight into a locked box,” Colvenbach said. “Our biggest concern is making sure that you don’t have medications that are expired and could be harmful to you, they’re not disposed of improperly or that they don’t get into the hands of someone who might use them

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