|Thursday, 05 September 2013 06:35|
Permanent RX Drop Box Installed
The Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office today announced the installation of a permanent pharmaceutical drop box to give citizens the opportunity to turn in controlled substances and unused or expired prescription medications year-round. The drop boxes are located in the lobby of the Okeechobee County Jail, 504 NW 4 Street, Okeechobee, which is open 24-hours a day.
The National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators(NADDI) has launched a program designed to significantly reduce the prescription drugs in homes that are either no longer needed or outdated. These same drugs unfortunately have become the target of theft and misuse, oftentimes by people who have access to the residence. America’s 12-17 year olds have made prescription drugs the number one substance of abuse for their age group, and much of that supply is unwittingly coming from the medicine cabinets of their parents, grandparents and friends. More and more adults recognize the need to remove these substances from the home and legally and safely turn them over to law enforcement for proper chain of custody and court ordered destruction. Law enforcement is the only entity legally able to accept these medications and process them properly so that they do not fall into the wrong hands. Law enforcement takes control of and destroys drugs on a regular basis as part of their regular operations.
Medication turn-in is always anonymous. Prescription and over the counter solid dosage medications such as tablets and capsules are accepted. Intra-venous solutions, injectable medication, needles and drug paraphernalia are some of the items that are not allowed.
Sheriff May said of the RX Drug Box, “In the past, along with the Okeechobee City Police Department, we have tried to do the prescription medicine drop off on a quarterly basis. This drop box will allow our citizens to turn medications in, 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, the location of the drop box never closes. Always remember if you have no use for this unused medication there are plenty of people out there that do. There is no telling what we can prevent by our citizens turning this unused medication in.”