Today's a good day to clean out the medicine cabinet.
The Pasco County Sheriff's Office and the Port Richey Police Department are hosting separate pill-drop events so residents can safely discard expired or unwanted medications, as well as needles.
Residents may drop off the medications and drive away, no questions asked. No personal information will be collected. Authorities will then dispose of the medications properly. This prevents unwanted drugs from being flushed away or thrown in the garbage, which can end up in the water supply or the county landfill.
The Sheriff's Office will accept items from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Gulf View Square mall, 9404 U.S. 19 in Port Richey (in the overflow parking lot near the sign on U.S. 19) and at the Shops at Wiregrass, 28211 Paseo Drive, Wesley Chapel (in the ground level parking garage).
The Port Richey Police Department will accept items from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at City Hall, 6333 Ridge Road.
Both agencies are hosting the events as part of the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day coordinated by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.
People who can't make it to any of these sites today can drop off their unwanted medications during normal business hours in the secure metal drop boxes in the Pasco County Sheriff's Office road patrol district headquarters. Those offices are at 34609 State Road 52 in Dade City; 7432 Little Road, New Port Richey; and 11530 Trinity Blvd. in Trinity.