The Volusia County Sheriff’s Office will establish five drop-off points this Saturday as part of a national effort to help residents dispose of unwanted, unused and expired prescription drugs. The five drop-off sites, at Sheriff’s district offices in DeLand, Deltona, DeBary, Holly Hill and New Smyrna Beach, will be open from 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Saturday’s program is part of a national Prescription Drug Take-Back Day being coordinated across the country by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, or DEA, to provide a safe method for residents to dispose of unwanted drugs. It’s in response to studies that show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet. More than 550,000 pounds of unwanted or expired medications were turned in during the last national take-back event in April, when a total of 5,659 take-back sites were established across the country.
Saturday’s event is free and anonymous. The Sheriff’s Office’s drop-off sites will be at the following locations:
— 1706 S. Woodland Blvd., DeLand
— 1691 Providence Blvd., Deltona
— 94 S. U.S. Highway 17-92, DeBary
— 999 3rd Street, Holly Hill
— 101 E. Canal Street, New Smyrna Beach