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 February 27th, 2010  
St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara apologizes for computer glitch that sent recorded message to county residents at midnight
A recorded message from St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara about today's "Operation Safe Medicine Cabinet" fell victim to a computer glitch.

"The computer was supposed to send the message Friday afternoon," the Sheriff said. "Instead, it went out at midnight. Understandably, his startled a number of county residents. It was a terrible inconvenience, and I apologize."

The message provided details about today's program in which Sheriff Mascara and Fire Chief Ron Parrish are teaming up to give county residents a safe way to dispose of unwanted, unused or outdated medications.

Operation Safe Medicine Cabinet will take place today from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at four locations in St. Lucie County.

At these locations, people can drop off unused, outdated or unwanted medications — no questions asked — and receive a $5 gift certificate from Wal-Mart, Butterfield's or CVS Pharmacy, while supplies last. These three companies have donated the gift cards to emphasize the importance of the proper disposal of old or unwanted medication.

Here are the locations, which will receive the medications from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., today:

- St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office Lakewood Park Substation, 4844 North Kings Highway, Fort Pierce (Indrio Crossings;

- Saint Lucie County Sheriff's Office administrative office, 4700 West Midway Road Fort Pierce;

- Saint Lucie County Fire Station #12, 1850 SE Village Green Drive Port St. Lucie; and

- Saint Lucie County Fire Station #14 300 NW California Blvd., Port St. Lucie.

Please note that these sites are NOT for the disposal of biohazardous materials such as used needles or lancets.

After Saturday, people can drop off unwanted, outdated or unused medications in the lobby of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office administrative office, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. during normal business days (Monday - Friday), excluding holidays. * * *

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