Prescription Drug Taskforce

The Prescription Drug Task Force focuses on safety and wellness concerns related to practitioners-prescribed medications. This includes initiatives addressing safe prescribing (Practitioner Education), safe storage and disposal (Secure, Monitor, Dispose; Drug Drop Kiosks, Spring Cleaning, DEA Take Back events), and diversion prevention.

The Prescription Drug Task Force meets monthly on the fourth Thursday of every month. The meeting takes place in the Student Affairs conference room at LECOM in Lakewood Ranch- 5000 Lakewood Ranch Blvd. The meeting is from 12:30-2 p.m.and we welcome anyone interested in the important issue of prescription drug safety.You can view our upcoming meetings on our website calendar.

LECOM students are some of our biggest allies and best partners in educating the public about prescription drug safety. They are often volunteering in the community to help get the message across. In fact, this year they helped tremendously during the National Institute on Drug Abuse Drug and Alcohol Facts Week in January. LECOM students provided valuable information to students at Palmetto High School via presentations and activities pertaining to drug and alcohol use. They look forward to doing it again next January!

We encourage citizens to secure, monitor and dispose of their unused and unwanted prescription pills. Securing medications (preferably in a locked cabinet) is a way to reduce drug abuse, curb theft, and prevent overdose and accidental poisoning; Monitoring pills helps to keep track of prescriptions and control access; Disposing of unused medications safely helps to prevent hazards to people, animals, and the environment.

You can download a copy of our Secure Monitor Dispose postcard.

Locations where citizens can drop off unused prescription medications (excluding liquids and sharps):

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office

  • 600 301 Blvd W, Suite 202 – 24hrs/7 days
  • 407 57th Ave E — Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm
  • 616 67th Circle E – Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm

City of Bradenton Police Department

  • 100 10th St W – 24hrs/7 days

Holmes Beach Police Department

  • 5801 Marina Dr – Mon-Fri, 7am-4pm

Bradenton Beach Police Department

  • 403 Highland Ave – Mon-Fri, 8am-4pm

New College Campus Police Department

  • 501 Campus Dr, Sarasota – 24hrs/ 7 days

Palmetto Police Department

  • 1115 10th St W – 24hrs/ 7 days

Longboat Key Police Department

  • 5460 Gulf of Mexico Dr – Mon-Fri, 8am-5pm

Recently, the Prescription Drug Task Force had a change in leadership. We welcomed Michelle Harper as the new chairperson of the task force. Michelle is a third year pharmacy student at LECOM, the mother of a teenaged daughter enrolled in a local high school, and she has a passion for prescription drug safety and providing the public with important information. In fact, Michelle has devoted many volunteer hours to education the public on safe prescription drug practices. Dr. Kersten Schroeder continues as the co-chairperson and we are confident they will be a great team!