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Health First to Take Part in National Drug Take Back Day Sept. 27

Members of the Public Can Drop Off Unused or Expired Medications

Rockledge, FL (August 22, 2014) Three of Health First’s hospitals will take part in a National Drug Take Back Day, on Saturday, Sept. 27, from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Health First is working with the Cocoa Beach Police Department, Palm Bay Police Department and Brevard County Sheriff’s Office on the take-back event, which provides a safe and easy way to dispose of unused or expired medications.

On September 27, community members can drop off unused or expired medications at the following locations for proper disposal:

  • Health First’s Cape Canaveral Hospital (701 W. Cocoa Beach Causeway in Cocoa Beach. Go to the Medical Office Building entrance.)
  • Health First’s Palm Bay Hospital (1425 Malabar Rd., NE in Palm Bay. Use Physician Office Building entrance.)
  • Health First’s Viera Hospital (8745 N. Wickham Rd. in Viera. Use main hospital entrance.)

Health First will accept pills, liquids, ointments and lotions. Medications may be kept in the original packaging, container or placed in a sealed plastic bag. No ID's or signatures are required.

The drug take back cannot accept syringes, asthma inhalers, drugs in aerosol canisters or chemotherapy drugs either in IV liquid or oral form. All medications will be turned over to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration for discarding.

About Health First

Founded in 1995, Health First is Central Florida’s only fully integrated delivery network (IDN) and employs more than 7,800 people. The integrator of its IDN is Health First Health Plans offering a wide variety of health insurance options across Central Florida. In addition it operates four hospitals (Cape Canaveral Hospital, Holmes Regional Medical Center, Palm Bay Hospital and Viera Hospital) and is home to Brevard County’s only Trauma Center. Health First Medical Group is the largest multi-specialty physician group on the Space Coast. Health First also offers numerous outpatient and wellness services, including Health First Aging Services, four Health First Pro-Health and Fitness Centers and Home and Hospice care. Visit www.myHEALTHFIRST.org for more information.