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 August 17th, 2010  
St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara invites the public to participate in Saturday's statewide "Project Drug Drop"
 
Every day, more than 4,000 children and young adults begin experimenting with prescription drugs  ranging from pain relievers and depressants to stimulants, according to statistics from the federal government.

That's why St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara is urging members of the public to drop off unwanted or expired prescription drugs at a drop box at St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office headquarters, 4700 West Midway Road, Fort Pierce, Monday through Friday during normal business hours.

"The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office was the first area law enforcement agency to investigate the illegal diversion of prescription drugs," Sheriff Mascara said. "We began these investigations more than 10 years ago, before this became a national epidemic," Sheriff Mascara said. "We know this problem continues to grow, and that's why we put the drop box in the lobby of our administrative center."

In addition, Sheriff Mascara asks members of the public to take advantage of a one-day program Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., in which people can drop off unwanted or expired prescription drugs at two participating Walgreens stores:

- 4950 South U.S.1, Fort Pierce; and

- 1661 N.W. St. Lucie West Boulevard, Port St. Lucie.

"The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators in cooperation with Walgreens Corporation, the Florida Office of Drug Control and the National Family Partnership have organized Saturday's event, known as Project Drug Drop," Sheriff Mascara said. "People who drop off their unwanted or unused prescription drugs at the two Walgreens stores will receive coupons, while supplies last, for discounts on eligible items."

More information is available at the website: www.projectdrugdrop.com.

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