Published: Jun 15, 2011 6:34 PM EDT
Updated: Jun 15, 2011 6:35 PM EDT

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla - Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Cameron gave details for the agency’s new “Operation Medicine Cabinet” program at the District-4 office in Port Charlotte Wednesday morning. Charlotte County citizens now have access to a secured box to deposit their unused or expired prescription and non-prescription medications.

Sheriff Cameron said, “We are in partnership with Drug Free Charlotte County on this project and I’m very happy to announce we now have two secure locations for citizens to dispose of their medications. One is in Englewood at the CCSO District-1 Office at 6868 San Casa Road, and the one here at our District-4 Office in Promenades Mall, Port Charlotte. The Punta Gorda Police Department has a drop off box in its lobby making it convenient for those living south of the Peace River.”

Citizens now have access to a secured box to deposit their medications for proper disposal. Instructions are posted above the depository to assist in the disposal process, and to provide information listing the acceptable types of medication for disposal.

Sheriff Cameron did note, “Some residents have concerns about carrying prescription drugs to be disposed of that do not belong to them personally like a family member, relative, or friend. I suggest they put them in a plastic bag or container, and label it for “Operation Medicine Cabinet” destruction. The chance is one in a million that someone gets stopped by a law enforcement officer and they are in possession of drugs not owned by them.”

According to Erin Hume, CCSO Evidence Unit Supervisor, “Once collected, the medications will be accepted into the Evidence Unit’s inventory and secured until we get a court order to destroy them by incineration.” For those having questions, please contact the Port Charlotte District-4 Office at 941-258-3900 or the District-1 Office in Englewood at 941-475-9005. The depositories are available to the public, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m