Published: Nov 12, 2010 5:19 PM EST
Updated: Nov 12, 2010 2:10 PM EST

LEE COUNTY, Fla. - It's time to gather up all of your unused or expired medication. The Lee County Sheriff's Office is partnering with Florida Crime Prevention Association for "Operation Medicine Cabinet", the latest installment of the Pharmaceutical Take Back Program. Three locations will be available to drop off your old, unused prescription and over the counter medications for proper disposal. Needles and other sharp objects cannot be accepted.

The following locations will accept your old medications on Saturday, November 13 from 10:00 am until 2:00 pm:

1) Coconut Point Mall in Estero in front of Hollywood Theaters (U.S. 41 between Corkscrew Road and Coconut Road).

2) Wal Mart Supercenter, 1619 Del Prado Blvd, Cape Coral.

3) Winn-Dixie, Sunshine Plaza, 1145 Homestead Rd North, Lehigh Acres.

Every day in the United States approximately 2,500 youths between the ages of 12 and 17 abuse prescription drugs for the first time. The Lee County Sheriff's Office is taking a proactive stance in removing and properly disposing of unused medications. This can keep them from falling into the wrong hands and also prevent the drugs from being flushed down the toilet which poses an environmental danger.

Back in February, the Lee County Sheriff's Office hosted a Prescription Clean-Out with the City of Bonita Springs which resulted in nearly 50,000 prescription and over the counter pills and liquids being turned in for proper disposal.

There is no cost to turn in your medications and all participants will remain anonymous.