|Published:||Feb 07, 2011 7:06 PM EST|
|Updated:||Feb 07, 2011 1:34 PM EST|
NORTH FORT MYERS, Fla.-- If you have unused or expired medications, now is your chance to turn them in, no questions asked.
The Lee County Sheriff's Office is collecting old prescription drugs as part of its Operation Medicine Cabinet Program.
The program is designed to make sure prescription drugs don't end up in the wrong hands and are disposed of properly.
The Lee County Sheriff's Office is teaming up with several organizations including CVS Pharmacy and the Florida Crime Prevention Association to round up the old pills.
The Department of Environmental Protection is also participating. It's collecting old batteries and plastic bags so they don't end up in landfills.
Everyday in the United States, approximately 2,500 people between 12 and 17 abuse prescription drugs for the first time.
During the last Medicine Cabinet event in November, they collected 57,000 pills, 107 creams, 50 liquids, 71 syringes, 500 patches, 598 inhalers and 44 powders.
The collected medications are stored in an evidence locker until they can be burned at a later date.
The event runs all week long at the following locations: from 10am until 2 pm:
Monday- North Fort Myers Chamber of Commerce, 2787 N. Tamiami Trail #10, North Fort Myers, FL 33903
Tuesday- Winn Dixie, 1145 Homestead Road North, Lehigh Acres, FL 33936
Wednesday- Lee County Sheriff's Office West District Substation, 15650 Pine Ridge Road, Fort Myers, FL 33908
Thursday- Regal Cinemas Gulf Coast Town Center, 10028 Gulf Center Drive, Fort Myers, FL 33913
Saturday- Old Navy at Page Field Commons, 4995 South Cleveland Avenue, Fort Myers, FL 33907
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