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 August 16th, 2011  
St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara announces participation in Aug. 27 "Project Drug Drop" to dispose of unwanted or unused prescription drugs
 
As part of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office's program of combatting abuse of prescription drugs, St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara is announcing the agency's participation in the statewide event called "Project Drug Drop"

"As the first law agency on the Treasure Coast to investigate the illegal diversion of prescription painkillers more than 10 years ago, the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office is proud to participate in the second annual 'Project Drug Drop' throughout Florida," Sheriff Mascara sad.


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.

In addition, Sheriff Mascara asks members of the public to take advantage of a one-day program Saturday, Aug. 27, 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, at Midway Road and U.S.1; and

- 1661 N.W. St. Lucie West Boulevard, at the N.W. California Boulevard intersection.

"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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