|Re: Operation Safe Medicine Cabinet II|
|Wednesday, 24 November 2010 14:30|
Sheriff Paul C. May has released the following information:
Reference: “Operation Safe Medicine Cabinet II”
On November 20, 2010, the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office along with the Okeechobee City Police Department conducted “Operation Safe Medicine Cabinet II”. The Okeechobee City Police Department provided security during the length of the operation, while volunteers of the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office COP Unit counted the items. All narcotics were identified by local pharmacist, Joe Gagliardi and then packaged and stored for destruction by Evidence Tech Shireman of the Sheriff’s Office.
People normally try to turn old medicine in at pharmacies, but a law prevents pharmacies from taking the medications. This operation allows citizens to remove unwanted or old prescription drugs and over the counter medications from their homes and enables them to safely discard old medicines and prevent them from getting in the wrong hands.
Unfortunately, the home is the easiest place where adolescents and adults gain access to controlled substances. This reduces the possibility that grandchildren can find and consume drugs that would be dangerous to them. This includes teens trying them, bringing them to school, giving or selling them to others, or friends of the teens stealing them when they visit. It also allows easy access to adult family members who have addictions as well as access by others doing work at the house (such as contractors or cleaners for example). This reduces the opportunity for criminals to obtain these drugs from the homes of law-abiding citizens.
During the operation, over (20,000) items were turned in. The medications turned in, included everything from Morphine to Oxycontin to Oxycodone, Hydrocodone and Xanax. The estimated street value of these narcotics was over $100,000.00.
Sheriff Paul C, May said of the operation, “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. This operation assures that these drugs will not reach the streets and we are thankful for this.”
For any further information, please contact:
Michele Bell, Public Information Officer
Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office
504 NW 4th Street
Okeechobee, Florida 34972