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 August 5th, 2008  
Operation Safe Medicine Cabinet in St. Lucie County sees more than 100,000 pills turned in by 556 people, according to Sheriff Mascara and Fire Chief Parrish
Last Saturday, county residents were able to safely dispose of unwanted, unlabeled, or expired medications by dropping them off at eight locations around the county.

This was a cooperative effort between the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office and the St. Lucie County Fire District called “Operation Safe Medicine Cabinet.”

The response by the public was overwhelming, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara and Fire Chief Ron Parrish.

At a news conference this morning, Sheriff Mascara said that a total of 556 people turned in about 100,000 pills and assorted medications.

One bottle was that of a prescription filled 30 years ago, in the late 1970s.

Other prescription medications dated back to the 1980s and 1990s.

The program was successful for two main reasons, Sheriff Mascara said:

- Because of the information the public got from the news media; and

- Because there is a great need for a safe method of getting rid of unwanted and unused drugs.

“We thank those members of the public who got involved. They made their homes and their neighborhoods safer by getting rid of these drugs,” said Sheriff Mascara.

This program will continue during normal business hours at the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, 4700 West Midway Road. (It will not be available nights, weekends and holidays.) When the Sheriff's Office is open for business, people will be able to drop off unwanted, unused or expired drugs.

"We hope to continue the program with $5 gift cards donated by area businesses. Last Saturday, Walgreen’s, Wal-Mart and CVS donated hundreds of gift cards" Sheriff Mascara said.

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