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 November 9th, 2012  
St. Lucie County Sheriff Mascara invites county residents to drop off unused or expired medications Saturday at St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office
 
As part of the American Medicine Chest Challenge, St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara is inviting county residents to safely dispose of unwanted or expired medications at the Sheriff's Office, 4700 West Midway Road, Fort Pierce, Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

"I have worked hard to make people aware of the dangers of prescription drug abuse," said Sheriff Mascara. "Unwanted or unused drugs in your medicine cabinet can wind up in the wrong hands. That's why the Sheriff's Office has teamed up with the American Medicine Chest Challenge to give people a chance on Saturday to get rid of medications they don't need."

The Saturday hours for dropping off drugs at the Sheriff's Office are in effect this Saturday (Nov. 10) only. Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., people can safely dispose of unwanted or unused drugs using a secure drop box in the lobby of the Sheriff's Office.

The 2007 National Study of Drug Use and Health found that 70 percent of people who abuse prescription pain relievers said they got them from friends or relatives, and the National Institute of Drug Abuse reports that around nine million people use prescription medications for non-medical use.

Sheriff Mascara and the American Medicine Chest Challenge urge people to take these five steps:

- Take inventory of your prescription and over-the-counter medicine.
    
- Secure your medicine chest.

- Dispose of your unused, unwanted, and expired medicine in your home or at an American Medicine Chest Challenge Disposal site.

- Take your medicine(s) exactly as prescribed.

- Talk to your children about the dangers of prescription drug abuse... they are listening.

More information is available at the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office website at this Internet location:

stluciesheriff.com/pdf/Family_Awareness_for_Prescription_Drug_Abuse.pdf

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