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|Re: OPERATION SAFE MEDICINE CABINET II|
|Thursday, 04 November 2010 13:04|
Sheriff Paul C. May has released the following information:
Reference: “OPERATION SAFE MEDICINE CABINET II”
On Saturday, November 20, 2010, between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m., “Operation Safe Medicine Cabinet II” will be conducted at 307 NW 6 Avenue(across from Okeechobee Skate Park). This operation will be a joint effort between the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office and the Okeechobee City Police Department, with the full support of all the local pharmacies.
“Operation Safe Medicine Cabinet II” is targeted to making the home a safer environment for our children and keeping these potentially deadly medications off of the streets and out of the hands of our youth.
Sheriff Paul C. May and Chief Denny Davis are asking for your help and support in keeping our community a safe place to live. We are asking that all citizens of Okeechobee look through your medicine cabinet, drawer or wherever you keep your medications and bring us all the medications that are no longer needed, outdated or unwanted for us to safely destroy. We will be set up from 9:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on November 20, 2010. Just pull up and somebody will take them from you and you can drive away. No questions asked and no forms to fill out, just in and out.
According to a report put out by FDLE, Florida Department of Law Enforcement, dated June, 2009, the Office of Vital Statistics has recorded that 2557 individuals died with one or more prescription drugs in their system. The drugs were at both lethal and non‐lethal levels. Some of these drugs may have also been mixed with illicit drugs and alcohol. The four most common used drugs were alcohol, Benzodiazepines, Oxycodone and Cocaine.
In Okeechobee County, during 2009, there were nine (9) confirmed deaths and from January 1, 2010 until November 2, 2010, there have been seven (7) confirmed drug‐related deaths.
Please help us keep our community safe by participating in “Operation Safe Medicine Cabinet II.”
There is no further information to release at this time.
For any further information, please contact:
Michele Bell, Public Information Officer
Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office
504 NW 4th Street
Okeechobee, Florida 34972