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Posted on: February 28, 2017

Public Service Announcement - Flagler Beach Police Department

FLAGLER BEACH POLICE DEPARTMENT
204 SOUTH FLAGLER AVENUE • FLAGLER BEACH, FL 32136
(386) 517-2023 • FAX (386) 517-2022
WWW.FBPD.ORG
Chief Matthew P. Doughney

Public Service Announcement

February 27, 2017

Flagler Beach Police Department receives grant for Drug Collection Unit

The Flagler Beach Police Department has been awarded a grant from CVS/pharmacy to install a Drug Collection Unit. The new Drug Collection Unit will provide residents with a safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances. The Unit has been installed in the front lobby of the Police Department, 204 South Flagler Avenue, and is available Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (excluding holidays). Drugs can be dropped off with no questions asked.
Use of the Drug Collection Unit will reduce the amount of unneeded/unwanted medicine in residents’ homes and decrease prescription drug abuse, which has soared in recent years, especially among teenagers. More than 70 percent (70%) of teenagers say it is easy to get prescription drugs from their parents’ medicine cabinets, according to a 2014 Partnership for Drug-Free Kids study.

The Drug Collection Unit will also help reduce contamination by keeping unused medication out of local landfills and water supplies.

“The safe collection and disposal of unused medications is vital to protecting our children, our community and our environment,” according to Police Chief Matt Doughney. CVS/pharmacy and The Medicine Abuse Project (MAP) are installing 1,000 units across the country as part of a five (5) year initiative of The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids program. This innovative donation program is the largest retail pharmacy effort of its kind to date and supports MAP’s goal to prevent a half million teenagers from abusing prescription medication by the year 2017. "CVS/pharmacy is dedicated to collaborating with organizations like The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids and local law enforcement to prevent the abuse of unwanted and expired medication,” said Josh Flum, Senior Vice President of Retail Pharmacy at CVS Health, and builds on the company’s Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program.

“The City of Flagler Beach is extremely proud to partner with CVS/pharmacy, and as a City we’d like to thank formally for their commitment to our residents,” stated Flagler Beach City Manager Larry Newsom.

CVS/pharmacy also assists Law Enforcement by supporting local drug take back events and promoting local drug disposal collection sites, including their retail locations, during National Drug Take Back Day events. Law enforcement agencies which operate their own on-going collection site programs can arrange to have the address and hours of their operations posted in local CVS/pharmacy stores.

About CVS/pharmacy:

CVS/pharmacy, the retail division of CVS Health (NYSE: CVS), is America's leading retail pharmacy with more than 7,700 CVS/pharmacy and Longs Drug stores in the U.S. CVS/pharmacy is reinventing pharmacy to help people on their path to better health by providing the most accessible and personalized expertise, both in its stores and online at CVS.com. General information about CVS/pharmacy and CVS Health is available at www.cvshealth.com.

About the Partnership for Drug-Free Kids:

The Partnership for Drug-Free Kids is dedicated to reducing teen substance abuse and supporting families impacted by addiction. We develop public education campaigns that drive awareness of teen substance abuse, and lead teen-targeted efforts that inspire young people to make positive decisions to stay healthy and avoid drugs and alcohol. On our website, drugfree.org, and through our toll-free helpline (1-855-DRUGFREE), we provide families with direct support and guidance to help them address teen substance abuse. Finally, we build healthy communities, advocating for great access to adolescent treatment and funding for youth prevention programs. As a national nonprofit, we depend on donations from individuals, corporations, foundations and the public sector and are thankful to SAG-AFTRA and the advertising and media industries for their ongoing generosity.

If there are any questions regarding the new Drug Collection Unit, please feel free to contact Chief Doughney at (386) 517-2020. For information on Medication Disposal for Safer Communities Program, call the toll free phone number 1-866-559-8830 or visit www.cvs.com/safercommunities.
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