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 September 12th, 2012  
St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office teams up with DEA for national prescription drug take back day on Saturday, Sept. 29
 
People with expired, unused or unwanted drugs will be able to safely dispose of them Saturday, Sept. 29. That's the day when the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration have teamed up for "National Prescription Drug Take Back Day," according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"On that day, people can bring their unwanted medications between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. to two locations," Sheriff Mascara said. "These are the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office at 4700 West Midway Road, Fort Pierce," and St. Lucie Medical Center, 1800 S.E. Tiffany Ave., Port St. Lucie."

At the hospital on Sept. 29, thanks to Stericycle medical waste disposal company, people can also safely dispose of used needles and other such medical waste items.

"Unwanted, unused or expired drugs in peoples' medicine cabinets can be a target for thieves or a safety hazard for children," Sheriff Mascara said. "We advise people not to flush these items down their toilets because this can possibly contaminate the groundwater."

The Sheriff said people can also dispose of these items at a secure drop box in the lobby of the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office at 4700 West Midway Road, Fort Pierce, during normal business hours.

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