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Pasco collects 2,000 pounds of meds during drop-off event

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More than 2,000 pounds of medications were surrendered during a pill drop collection last weekend in Pasco County.

Three locations across the county – Shops at Wiregrass in Wesley Chapel, Gulfview Square Mall in Port Richey and Crews Lake Park in Spring Hill – accepted unwanted or expired medication on April 27.

The effort brought in 51 containers of medication, vitamins, herbal supplements and veterinary drugs with an approximate weight of 2,400 pounds, according to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office, which teamed with the Drug Enforcement Agency to conduct the operation. 

Each of the three locations provided an area to drop off the medications for six hours.

Across the region, a total of 4.37 tons or 8740 pounds of medications were collected, according to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office.

The event, coinciding with Earth Day as well as the DEA’s national Take Back Day, is geared to keep medications from being flushed and entered into the water system and out of local dumps.

More than 2 million pounds of medications have been collected in the five previous Take Back Day events conducted by the DEA.

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