Published: Sep 15, 2010 8:31 PM EDT
Updated: Sep 15, 2010 5:31 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla. - The Charlotte County Sheriff’s is joining with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Saturday, Sep. 25, to remove potentially dangerous prescription drugs from our nation’s medicine cabinets. Law enforcement agencies across the country will be participating in this National Take-Back Day program.

Sheriff Bill Cameron invites residents to “Please bring expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs to any of our CCSO District Offices, including our headquarters building. This program is anonymous to protect individuals disposing of their medications. No questions or requests for identification will be made.” At the end of the day, the special drug container boxes will be sealed by the deputy and turned over to the DEA for disposal. The Sheriff asks residents to start now by going through your medicine cabinets and pill drawers, in preparation for turning in unused prescription drugs.

A deputy will continually man the drop off boxes from 10am to 2pm that day. Participants are asked to remove any prescription identifying information on the container or put pills in a container or bag. Liquid prescriptions should remain in the original container and the cap tightly sealed. Intra-venous solutions, injectible items and syringes will not be accepted due to potential hazards. No effort will be made by deputies to count, inventory or log medications.

Locations for turning in prescription drugs Sep. 25 will be:

District-1: 6868 San Casa Rd., Englewood.

District-2: Town Center Mall (inside the mall next to Sears).

District-3/Headquarters: 7474 Utilities Rd., at Golf Course Blvd., across from the Punta Gorda Airport.

District-4: Promenades Mall, 3280 Tamiami Tr. #505 (by Winn-Dixie)