DEA drug take back yields over 100 lbs in Punta Gorda
PUNTA GORDA, Fla. - The Charlotte County Sheriff’s Office participated with other agencies nationwide in the DEA Drug Take Back Program on Saturday.
The program was designed to provide the public a specific day they could bring in unwanted, out-of-date, unused pharmaceutical controlled substances to law enforcement for destruction.
The Sheriff’s Office offered two locations – one in Port Charlotte and one in Punta Gorda - which were staffed by deputies and volunteers who accepted the medications being turned in. Each location was open for four hours.
At the conclusion of the Take Back, all the medications that were turned in were transported to the Sheriff’s Office Evidence Unit.
Sheriff Bill Prummell said, “The DEA’s goal of this event was to focus attention on the issue of prescription drug abuse. Thanks to the participation of our citizens, we have been able to take in almost 130 pounds of unwanted drugs to be destroyed.