Drug Take Back pamphlets

Pamphlets put out during the Drug Take Back event on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017, contained information in regards to the Drug Enforcement Administration, UCF Student Health Services and the UCF Pharmacy.

For UCF students, improving campus safety could be as simple as turning something in.

On Thursday that something was prescription drugs. During the Drug Take Back event, hosted by Student Health Services and the UCF Police Department, students could dispose of medications and get more information on prescription drugs and addiction.

The national event will be held by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Saturday, but UCF hosted the event Thursday so more students could participate. 

Student Health Services brought in a covered box for disposal of the medications, where they asked those who brought them in to rip off stickers or cross any names off the bottles to encourage privacy. Students could drop them off with "no questions asked" and head straight to class or stick around to speak to police officers or a representative from Student Health Services.

A few examples of medications that could be turned in were:

  • Valium
  • Xanax
  • Ativan
  • Restoril
  • Klonopin

"You get to bring in all of the prescription drugs you might just have lying around," said Jordan Detz, a sophomore music performance major. "Someone could just take them when you're not looking and that's a really big problem."

This event was held to promote safety when it comes to prescription drugs and an awareness on how to dispose of them properly.

"A lot of people think it's ok to dump them down the sink or in the toilet and that's actually very bad," said UCFPD Cpl. James Roop.

Throughout the year, students and staff can turn their unwanted and unused prescription medications to the UCF Pharmacy in the Health Center building.

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