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 November 9th, 2010  
St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara invites county residents to safely drop off unwanted, out-of-date medications Saturday at Sheriff's Office
 
St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara is inviting county residents to bring their unwanted, out-of-date medications to the Sheriff's Office Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. as part of the statewide "Operation Safe Medicine Cabinet."

"People can bring their unwanted or unused medication to a secure drop-off box in the lobby of our headquarters building during business hours Monday through Friday at 4700 West Midway Road, Fort Pierce," Sheriff Mascara said. "But some may not be able to get to our office during business hours. That's why we will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to receive unwanted medications."

The St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office has conducted "Operation Safe Medicine Cabinet" drug drop-offs for several years, and Saturday's four-hour event is part of the agency's commitment to combat the rising tide of prescription drug abuse. Especially serious is the abuse and illegal trafficking in powerful opiate painkillers such as hydrocodone and related drugs.

"Also, when people rid their homes of unwanted and unused medications, this reduces the possibility that grandchildren can find and consume drugs that would be dangerous to them," Sheriff Mascara said. "In addition, this reduces opportunities for criminals to obtain these drugs from the homes of law-abiding county residents."

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