CORAL SPRINGS, FL – If you have unused or expired prescription medications, there’s now a place to get rid of them safely in Coral Springs: a CVS pharmacy.

Police announced this week that the pharmacy at 5701 Coral Ridge Drive is a permanent location to drop off pills and certain amounts of liquid drugs in the city. Until now, residents had to drive to a pharmacy in Margate to drop off their medications or find other ways to dispose of them,  said Officer Francis Capre, a spokesman for the police department.

“This is a safe and convenient place for everyone to go in Coral Springs,” he said.

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Experts say getting rid of medications properly prevents them from getting into the water supply and releasing toxins into the environment. Safely disposing of drugs can also prevent them from getting into the hands of people who shouldn't have them -- especially young people looking to abuse them.

Accidental drug overdoses are surprisingly common. Unintentional poisonings from prescription opioids accounted for more than 140,000 trips to emergency rooms in 2018, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. A major cause of drug overdoses is easy access to medications at home.

At the CVS pharmacy, police noted:

- They do not accept medications in the drive-thru window. Residents have to go inside the pharmacy and drop off their medications in a box next to the pharmacy counter.

- They do not accept needles (sharps).

- They do accept liquids, but they can’t be more than 4 ounces.

For those not wanting to go to the pharmacy, you can drop off your medications during the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which will be April 25, from 10-12 pm, at Broward Health Coral Springs.