Published: Jan 09, 2012 10:45 PM EST

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.- Charlotte County Sheriff Bill Cameron announced Monday that, “Operation Medicine Cabinet has received overwhelming support in its first six-months that began last June and collected 707 pounds of expired or unused medications.”

CCSO has drop-off boxes located at the District-1 Office in Englewood, and the District-4 Office in Port Charlotte at Promenades Mall.

Sheriff Cameron stated, “The community support of this great program protects our young people from harmful misuse of prescription drugs; understand the needs of seniors, and the environmental implications related to the improper or unsafe disposal of medications.”

According to Erin Hume, Evidence Unit Supervisor, coordinator of Operation Medicine Cabinet, “When we collect these medications they are accepted and secured into our Evidence Unit inventory until we get a court order to destroy them by incineration.”

If anyone has 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 CCSO depository boxes are available to the public Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. For those living south of the Peace River, unused medications can be dropped off at the Punta Gorda Police Department.