Charlotte County Sheriff's Office

Published: Apr 29, 2013 4:21 PM EDT

PUNTA GORDA, Fla.- On Saturday, the Charlotte County Sheriff's Office participated with other agencies nationwide in the DEA Drug Take Back Program. The program was designed to provide the public a specific day they could bring in unwanted, out-of-date, unused pharmaceutical controlled substances to law enforcement for destruction.

The Sheriff’s Office offered two locations which were staffed by deputies and volunteers who accepted the medications being turned in. Each location was open for four hours.

At the conclusion of the Take Back, all the medications that were turned in were transported to the Sheriff’s Office Evidence Unit. Evidence Supervisor Erin Hume reported that more than 50 pounds of drugs were taken in at the Punta Gorda location, while almost 75 pounds were accepted at the Port Charlotte location.

Sheriff Bill Prummell said, “The DEA’s goal of this event was to focus attention on the issue of prescription drug abuse. Thanks to the participation of our citizens, we have been able to take in almost 130 pounds of unwanted drugs to be destroyed.”