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 April 29th, 2011  
St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara invites dispose of outdated or unwanted prescription drugs at the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office Saturday from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
 
As part of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office's program of combatting the misuse of prescription drugs, Sheriff Ken J. Mascara invites county residents to dispose of their outdated or unwanted prescription drugs by bringing them to the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office Saturday from 10 a.m.  to 2 p.m.

"By bringing unwanted prescription drugs to the Sheriff's Office, at 4700 West Midway Road, Saturday, you can help make St. Lucie County safer," Sheriff Mascara said. "For your convenience, we have a secure drop box in the lobby of our headquarters building for getting rid of unwanted prescription drugs. People who can't get here Saturday can drop off their unwanted medications Monday - Friday during business hours."

Over 4,700 sites have joined the nationwide Take-Back Prescription Drugs program set for Saturday.

"At the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office, we work hard throughout the year to combat the problem of prescription drug abuse," said Sheriff Mascara. "More than a decade ago, we were the first law agency in this region to investigate 'doctor shopping' and prescription fraud. In cooperation with the St. Lucie County Fire District, we created 'Operation Safe Medicine Cabinet' to let people know how important it is to safely dispose of unwanted or unused prescription drugs at secure locations such as the drop box in the Sheriff's Office lobby."

Several billboards in St. Lucie County have a strong anti-prescription-drug-abuse message, thanks to a partnership between the Sheriff's Office and public-spirited business people.

People who want more information can download an informative pamphlet on prescription drug abuse at the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office' website at this address:

http://www.stluciesheriff.com/pdf/Family_Awareness_for_Prescription_Drug_Abuse.pdf

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