Published: Apr 26, 2013 10:28 PM EDT
Updated: Apr 26, 2013 10:36 PM EDT

CHARLOTTE COUNTY, Fla.   Sheriff Bill Prummell announced that the Sheriff's Office will take part in the DEA's National Drug Take-Back program to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from our medicine cabinets on Saturday April 27. 

The goal is to provide an opportunity for the public to surrender expired, unwanted or unused pharmaceutical controlled substances or other medications to law enforcement officers for destruction.  This one-day effort will bring national focus to the issue of pharmaceutical controlled substance abuse.

Sheriff Prummell said, "The Sheriff's Office will provide two collection locations in the county.   Deputies and CCSO Volunteers will be on hand at both the District 2 Office, which is located inside Town Center Mall near Sears, and at the Sheriff's Office headquarters office at 7474 Utilities Road in Punta Gorda.  The hours of operation are from 10 am until 2 pm on Saturday."

CCSO Evidence Supervisor Erin Hume stated, "Upon the conclusion of the event, all boxes will be secured in the CCSO Evidence Unit until they are collected by the DEA for destruction."