INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, Fla. - With an overdose every day, and a death every thirteen days due to improper use of prescription medication in Indian River County, the public is being asked for their help.
The Indian River County Sheriff's Office is conducting Operation Medicine Cabinet to get unused, unwanted and expired medications off the street that can be dangerous.
Take your prescriptions to one of the participating locations and they will dispose of them properly for you.
Organizers say medication should not be flushed down the toilet or thrown into the garbage.
Jeff Luther with Indian River County Sheriff's Office said, "Not only can it get into the aquifer or the ground water or the ground itself, but kids can get a hold of it too. So it's very important that you bring them in, we will take them all and we will dispose of them properly."
At every Operation Medicine Cabinet event, at least two to three hundred pounds of prescription medications are left at each location. Sharp needles cannot be accepted, but they can be taken to the Health Department at 1900 27th Street in Vero Beach.
October 29, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and $5 gift cards will be handed out while supplies last.
13613 Roseland Road, Sebastian
9595 US1, Sebastian
1705 US1, Vero Beach
4015 20th Street, Vero Beach
Indian River Estates (East)
2250 Indian Creek Road, Vero Beach
Vero Highlands Clubhouse
There are also drop off sites in Broward, Palm Beach, and St. Lucie Counties. Click here to find one near you. bitly link for mobile users: http://1.usa.gov/v7YORO