Sheriff's Office News Releases
National Take Back Initiative
Osceola County, Florida – Tomorrow, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and other local law enforcement agencies will participate in the National Take Back Initiative at four locations. The locations are: Publix at The Promenade located at 841 Cypress Parkway in Poinciana, Publix Center of St. Cloud located at 4401 13th Street in St. Cloud, Publix at Boggy Creek Marketplace located at 2625 Simpson Road in Kissimmee and Publix Pleasant Hill Commons located at 3343 S. Orange Blossom Trail in Kissimmee.
This one-day effort brings national attention to the issue of pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse. This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. More than seven million Americans currently abuse prescription drugs, according to the 2009 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
“Turning in expired, unwanted or unused prescription and non-prescription drugs prevents mistaken use and availability to others such as children or individuals who might discover them. It is also environmentally the safest way for disposal,” stated Sheriff Bob Hansell.
Since 2011, the Osceola County Sheriff’s Office’s participation in the program has resulted in 1,286 pounds of drugs. The program is completely anonymous and free of charge. Citizens who have unwanted prescription drugs can drop them off at any of the four sites in Osceola County.