The City of Titusville, Florida / Fire & Emergency Services / NewsPrescription Drug Disposal Precautions
April 26, 2014
Saturday, April 26 is National prescription Drug Take-Back Day. The National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.
How to Dispose of Medicines Properly
- On April 26, 2014 between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. prescription medicines can be turned in at the following locations:
- Brevard County Sheriff’s Office in Merritt Island will have a collection site located at Hobbs Pharmacy Plaza Parking Lot, 133 N. Banana River Drive
- Cocoa Beach Police Department in Cocoa Beach will have a collection site at Cape Canaveral Hospital Medical Plaza, 699 W. Cocoa Beach Causeway
- Titusville Police Department, located at 1100 John Glenn Blvd., has a collection site located in the lobby of their building that is daily accessible to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., excluding Holidays.
- Besides medication disposal, Titusville Fire & Emergency Services daily has Syringe Disposal Capabilities at all four of its fire stations, accessible to the public Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. excluding Holidays. Fire station locations are: 555 S. Washington Avenue, 615 N. Singleton Avenue, 4715 Barna Avenue, and 2150 S. Park Avenue in Titusville.
: Flush expired or unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs down the toilet or drain unless the label or accompanying patient information specifically instructs you to do so.
: Return unwanted or expired prescription and over-the-counter drugs to a drug take-back program or follow the steps for household disposal below.
1ST CHOICE: DRUG TAKE–BACK EVENTS
See information above for take-back dates, times and locations in north Brevard area.
2nd CHOICE: HOUSEHOLD DISPOSAL STEPS
1. Take your prescription drugs out of their original containers.
2. Mix drugs with an undesirable substance, such as cat litter or used coffee grounds.
3. Put the mixture into a disposable container with a lid, such as an empty margarine tub, or into a sealable bag to avoid it leaking from garbage trash bag.
4. Conceal or remove any personal information on the empty containers, including Rx number, by covering it with permanent marker or duct tape, or by scratching it off before disposing of them.
5. The sealed container with the drug mixture, and the empty drug containers, can now be placed in the trash.
How Proper Disposal of Medicines Protects You and the Earth:
- Prevents poisoning of children and pets
- Deters misuse by teenagers and adults
- Avoids health problems from accidentally taking the wrong medicine, too much of the same medicine, or a medicine that is too old to work well
- Keeps medicines from entering streams and rivers when poured down the drain or flushed down the toilet