Friday, May 7, 2010

Drop Off, Don't Flush Medication

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office is one of several local agencies that offer a safe way for the community to dispose of medications through permanent collection sites.

The practice of flushing unwanted, unused or expired medication into the sewer system is discouraged, especially in light of the recent nationwide voluntary recall of over-the-counter medications for infants and children. Flushing medication down the toilet can threaten the environment.

Residents are encouraged to take their medication to one of the permanent drop-off locations throughout Collier County for easy, safe and proper disposal.

Disposing of medications at the drop-offs also keeps them out of the hands of children.

The local drop-off sites, all in partnership with Drug Free Collier, are:

* Collier County Sheriff’s Office prescription drop-off box, main lobby of the sheriff’s administration building, 3301 U.S. 41 E., Building J, East Naples. Mondays through Fridays, 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* Marco Island Police Department prescription drop-off box, 51 Bald Eagle Drive, Marco Island. Mondays through Fridays, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

* Collier County Medical Examiner’s Office, 3838 Domestic Ave., East Naples. Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

* Naples Recycling Center, 2640 Enterprise Ave., East Naples, Tuesdays through Saturdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.