County has places to drop off old drugs


Published: Friday, January 16, 2004 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, January 16, 2004 at 1:35 a.m.
Alachua County residents who've resolved to clear out their medicine cabinet and get rid of old and unwanted prescription drugs will have help, thanks to a new pilot program through the Alachua County Environmental Protection Department.
"People have expressed some concern about children or animals finding medications in the trash or the potential danger of flushing out-of-date drugs down the toilet and the residues getting into the waste water," Kurt Seaburg, the county's hazardous waste coordinator, said Thursday.
Residents can now take those medications to one of a dozen drop-off locations, where they can be poured into a disposal drum. The contents of the drums will be mixed into a solution that will assure that they're unusable, then disposed of in a hazardous waste incinerator, Seaburg said.
Prescription drugs, chemotherapy agents and over-the-counter medications that are expired, damaged or no longer needed may be disposed of in the containers. Only products in pill, capsule or liquid form will be accepted - no salves or ointments.
The pilot program is funded through a grant from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and will continue through May, Seaburg said.
The drug disposal locations are as follows:
  • Alachua County Household Hazardous Waste Center, 5125 NE 63rd Ave., 334-0440
  • Alachua County Fire Rescue warehouse, 6901 NW 34th St., 955-2463
  • Target Pharmacy, 3970 Archer Rd., 377-0939
  • Wise's Pharmacy, 708 SW 4th Ave., 374-3780; Parkwood, 3601 SW 2nd Ave., 373-3547; 239 W. University Ave., 372-4371
  • Alachua County Health Department's six locations: Main Clinic, 224 SE 24th St., 334-7900; Family Service Center, 3600 NE 15th St., 955-7220; Alachua Clinic, 15530 NW U.S. 441, Suite 10030, Alachua, (386) 462-2542; Hawthorne Clinic, 22000 SE 65th Ave., Hawthorne, 481-2388; Newberry Clinic, 25425 Newberry Rd., Newberry, 472-1160; and High Springs Clinic, 245 NW 2nd St., High Springs, 454-2421.
    Diane Chun can be reached at (352) 374-5041 or chund@gvillesun.com.
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