Environmental Strategies, Healthy Environment, Medication Take-Back, Prescription Drug Misuse, Prevention

Spring Cleaning Time!

It's Spring Cleaning Time
Don’t forget your medicine cabinet!

Spring is here! Time to get rid of all those unwanted items. As you do your spring cleaning, don’t forget the medicine cabinet! Did you know that “flushed” medicines can get into our watershed and even our harbor and gulf? This can harm our local estuary, wildlife – and even our own drinking water.

So, what can you do? The DEA sponsors community take-back days throughout the country, but we are fortunate in Charlotte County that we do not have to rely on these events. There are four permanent prescription drug disposal sites located throughout Charlotte County. You can dispose of your unused over-the-counter and prescription medications year-round at these sites, promoting a healthy (and safe) medicine cabinet – and protecting the environment.

 Charlotte County Take-Back Box Locations:

Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office
District 1
6868 San Casa Dr., Englewood

Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office
District 4
3280 Tamiami Trail, Port Charlotte

Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office
Administrative Building
7474 Utilities Road, Punta Gorda

Punta Gorda Public Safety Complex
1410 Tamiami Trail, Punta Gorda

There is more YOU can do for a safe community and a clean environment! Here are some tips from our “Safe Use-Safe Storage-Safe Disposal” awareness campaign.

  • Monitor pills, keep track of refills, and control access. Most people who abuse prescriptions get them from family and friends.
  • Secure pills well, preferably in a locked cabinet. Reduce drug abuse, curb theft, and prevent overdose and accidental poisoning.
  • Dispose of unused medications at the permanent disposal sites. Flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash may be hazardous to people and animals.
  • Take only medications prescribed to you, as directed by your physician. It is illegal to sell, give away, or otherwise share a prescription with others, including family members.
  • Talk to your teens about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs. Parents are the biggest influence in their teens’ life.
  • Learn more about ways you can help – visit Drug Free Charlotte County, Drug Free Punta Gorda or Englewood Community Coalition’s Facebook pages.

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