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 April 19th, 2013  
National prescription drug take back day is Saturday, April 27, according to St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken J. Mascara
 
On Saturday, April 27, St. Lucie County residents can bring unwanted, expired or unused drugs to the St. Lucie County Sheriff's Office and St. Lucie Medical Center for safe disposal, according to Sheriff Ken J. Mascara.

"Once again, the Sheriff's Office is teaming up with St. Lucie Medical Center in Port St. Lucie and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration for 'National Prescription Drug Take Back Day'," said Sheriff Mascara. "Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., people can bring their drugs to our lobby at 4700 West Midway Road or St. Lucie Medical Center, at 1800 S.E. Tiffany Ave., Port St. Lucie ."

The Sheriff said that the drug take back program is for controlled, non-controlled, and over-the-counter substances only. Items that are not included are syringes or needles whether they used or new. In addition, opened liquid medications are not included.

Unwanted, unused or expired drugs can be a target for thieves or a safety hazard for children, Sheriff Mascara said. "We advise people not to flush these items down their toilets because this can possibly contaminate the groundwater."

Sheriff Mascara said people can also dispose of their unwanted medicines at a secure drop box in the lobby of the Sheriff's Office, 4700 West Midway Road, during business hours Monday - Friday.

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