Manatee County drug take-back day set April 27

HERALD STAFF REPORTApril 18, 2013 

Manatee drug take-back day set April 27

A community coalition of law enforcement and businesses are banding together for the DEA Rx Drug Take-Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 27.

Law enforcement officials and the Manatee County Substance Abuse Coalition urge everyone to dispose of expired and unused medications safely.

Medicines kept in the home are highly susceptible to misuse and theft. Prescription drug abuse kills seven Floridians every day, police say, and each day 2,500 teens abuse prescription drugs for the first time after taking them from family and friends.

Flushing medications down the toilet or throwing them in the trash poses potential safety and health hazards to humans and animals.

Five participating Walgreens and two law enforcement agencies will accept expired and unused prescriptions and over-the-counter medications, including:

-- 1455 Upper Manatee River Road, Bradenton;

-- 6003 14th St. W, Bradenton;

-- 5896 Cortez Road W, Bradenton;

-- 930 Eighth Ave. W, Palmetto;

-- 5945 U.S. 301, Ellenton;

-- Manatee County Sheriff's Office, 600 U.S. 301 Blvd,, Suite 202, Bradenton; and

-- Holmes Beach Police Department, 5801 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach

Liquids and needles are not accepted. Call (941) 749-3030, ext. 3491 or go to drugfreemanatee.org.

UnidosNow seeks response from Buchanan

SARASOTA -- UnidosNow gathered a group of 30 people Wednesday in front of U.S. Rep. Vern Buchanan's office to demand a response to the immigration bill presented by the Gang of 8 in the Senate.

The Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act is an important milestone and "a turning point in the long struggle for thousands of immigrant families," said Jeanette Ocasio, UnidosNow social justice director.

"Our families have been torn apart, communities deprived of productive residents, and our nation has suffered the loss of hundreds of young brilliant minds who have experienced closed doors in this Land of Opportunity."

UnidosNow said a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented Americans should prioritize keeping families together, fast-track permanent residency, ban racial profiling and catch up on the backlog of uniting legal permanent residents with their families.

UnidosNow is concerned about the human and environmental impact of increased militarization of the border.

The organization is holding a rally April 20 in support of immigration reform.

-- Herald staff report

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