SARASOTA -- Police collected 23 pounds of prescription pills during a drug takeback Saturday at Sarasota headquarters, according to the Sarasota Police Department.
The pills will be held in the police department property room until picked up by the Drug Enforcement Administration this week, according to the news release.
No questions were asked at the free event.
"This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that sit in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse," according to the release.
Studies show most abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends from a home medicine cabinet.
Drug takebacks have becoming increasingly important nationwide as Americans are being advised by police the custom
ary method for disposing of unused medicines -- flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash -- can pose potential safety and health hazards.
Locations in Sarasota County with permanent drug drop boxes:
2099 Adams Lane, police headquarters;
2071 Ringling Blvd., sheriff's office;
1350 Ridgewood Ave., Venice Police Department;
4531 State Road 776 (Venice), sheriff's office; and
4980 City Hall Blvd., North Port Police Department.