CORAL SPRINGS, FL – Coral Springs police collected 225 pounds of unused or expired prescription drugs from homes during last weekend’s drive-thru National Prescription Drug Take Back Day event.

According to police, residents in more than 80 cars dropped off their prescriptions in the drive-thru line on Saturday at Broward Health Coral Springs.

Similar events happened across the nation as part of the drugs take-back initiative organized by Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).

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Based on a 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs, according to the DEA’s website. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs came from family and friends, often from home medicine cabinets.

In Broward County, 637 people died in 2017 as a result of accidental overdoses, according to Coral Springs police. Of those, 50 died in Coral Springs.

If you have unused or expired prescriptions, Coral Springs police and fire departments offer medicine disposal kits free of charge at the Public Safety Building at 2801 Coral Springs Drive. Learn more here.

 

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