Published: Jul 22, 2011 4:56 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 22, 2011 3:56 PM EDT

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla.- The Charlotte County Sheriff's “Operation Medicine Cabinet” has been a huge success. Since June 15, 133 pounds of expired or unused medications have been deposited in special containers at the District-1 Office in Englewood and District-4 Office in Port Charlotte.

Sheriff Bill Cameron held a press conference June 15 to bring awareness to the public of the two secured boxes to deposit these medications. According to Erin Hume, CCSO Evidence Unit Supervisor, “When we collect the medications they are accepted into the Evidence Unit’s inventory and secured until we get a court order to destroy them by incineration.”

For those having questions about transporting and disposal of unused medications, please contact the Port Charlotte District-4 Office in Promenades Mall, 3280 Tamiami Trail, at 941-258-3900, or the District-1 Office in Englewood, 6868 San Casa Road, at 941-475-9005. The secured depository boxes are available to the public, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. South of the Peace River, unused medications can be dropped off at the Punta Gorda Police Department lobby.