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Drug Enforcement Administration announces date for national take back day

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Posted at 6:21 AM, Mar 16, 2021
and last updated 2021-03-16 06:21:25-04

CAPE CORAL, Fla. — The DEA has announced the 20th national Take Back Day.

The DEA says they have seen an increase in opioid overdose deaths during the pandemic.

The event is set for April 24th, at the Cape Coral Police Department on 1100 cultural park Boulevard from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The increase in drug overdose deaths appeared to begin before the COVID-19 health emergency but accelerated significantly during the first months of the pandemic.

The public can drop off potentially dangerous prescription medications such as tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs at collection sites which will adhere to local COVID-19 guidelines and regulations to maintain the safety of all participants and local law enforcement.

Liquids (including intravenous solutions), syringes and other sharps, and illegal drugs will not be accepted at the site according to the DEA.

Vaping devices and cartridges will be accepted at its drop-off locations provided lithium batteries are removed.

Learn more about the event by clicking here, or by calling 800-882-9539.

For further information on the Cape Coral Police Department site, call the Lee County Coalition for a Drug-Free SWFL (239) 931-9317.

Other locations to drop off medications include:

Lee County Sheriff’s Office Drop Off Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

  • Headquarters 14750 Six Mile Cypress Parkway Fort Myers, FL 33912 (239) 477-1000
  • North District 121 Pondella Road North Fort Myers, FL 33903 (239) 477-1810
  • West District 15650 Pine Ridge Road Fort Myers, FL 339008 (239) 477-1830
  • East District 1301 Homestead Road Lehigh Acres, FL 33936 (239) 477-1820
  • South District 10520 Reynold Street Bonita Springs, FL 34135 (239) 477-1840

The Cape Coral Police Department Drop Off Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard Cape Coral, FL 33909 (239) 574-3223

The Fort Myers Police Department Drop Off Hours: Monday-Friday, 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. 2210 Widman Way Fort Myers, FL 33901 (239) 321-7700

Walgreens 805 Cape Coral Drive East Cape Coral, FL 33904

  • 12749 S. Cleveland Avenue Fort Myers, FL 33907
  • 4204 Palm Beach Blvd. Fort Myers, FL 33905