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October 28, 2022

Friday Night Lights: Fight Against Opioid Misuse Kick Off is October 28

Florida’s largest medication disposal education and distribution event will be held at
varsity high school football games on eve of DEA National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

TAMPA, FL – OCTOBER 28, 2022 – DisposeRx, Inc. and Live Tampa Bay are teaming up to host the largest medication disposal education event in Florida’s history on Friday, October 28, at four Florida high school football games. 

During the Friday Night Lights: Fight Against Opioid Misuse program, each student athlete and game attendee will receive a DisposeRx at-home medication disposal packet and disposal information. Live Tampa Bay—a non-profit coalition of business, faith and philanthropic leaders who are committed to reducing the number of opioid overdoses and deaths—purchased the packets to be distributed.

“We lost 1,540 fellow Tampa Bay citizens due to opioid overdose in 2020, and unfortunately, our regional numbers are far above the national and statewide average,” said Jennifer Webb, executive director of Live Tampa Bay. “The Live Tampa Bay coalition knows that proper medication and disposal are critical components of prevention initiatives, and we are delighted to bring together a number of stakeholders to make these events happen.”

Working with the St. Petersburg Police Department, Tampa Police Department, Pasco County Sheriff’s Office, and Citrus County Sheriff’s Office disposal education events will be held on Friday, October 28 at the following varsity football games:

The disposal education event at the schools is being held in conjunction with the DEA National Prescription Take Back Day, which is Saturday, October 29. 

“We are proud to partner with Live Tampa Bay, the local high schools, coalitions and law enforcement to educate families about the risks associated with opioids and the importance of medication disposal,” said William Simpson, president and chief executive officer of DisposeRx, Inc. “We believe that education is critical to mitigating the overdose crisis and are working with and committing resources in communities throughout the country to share information and encourage people to dispose of unused medications.”

About Live Tampa Bay
Live Tampa Bay mobilizes business, faith, nonprofit, and philanthropic leaders in the region around a singular mission: to drastically reduce opioid deaths in our community. The coalition is part of a statewide initiative funded by Florida Blue Foundation to drastically reduce the number of opioid related fatalities in key markets throughout Florida. Project Opioid initiatives are being launched in Central Florida, Jacksonville, Miami-Dade County, Broward County, and Palm Beach County. For more information visit Live Tampa Bay.

About DisposeRx, Inc.
North Carolina-based DisposeRx, Inc. is dedicated to decreasing the risks of drug diversion, overdoses, suicides, accidental poisonings and antibiotic resistance by facilitating medication safety behavior change and eradicating the misuse of leftover medications. DisposeRx’s market-leading, patented medication disposal packets and education programs are currently available at 60% of retail pharmacies, as well as through health plans and provider organizations across the US. The company has donated more than 900,000 packets to approximately 500 community non-profits since 2018. For more information, visit DisposeRx.

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