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Updated: 10/24/2013 08:00:03AM

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Highlands County residents will have an opportunity to clear out unwanted prescription medicines Saturday when the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office teams with police departments in Lake Placid and Sebring for the annual “Operation Medicine Cabinet.”

Unwanted, expired or unused medications can be dropped off between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday.

The four drop-off locations are: the sheriff’s substation in the Liberty Star Plaza at 7177 S. George Blvd., Sebring, or the north substation at 304 W. Pleasant St., Avon Park; the Sebring Police Department at 307 N. Ridgewood Dr.; or the Lake Placid Police Department at 8 N. Oak Ave.

The unwanted medications will be documented and weighed before being shipped for proper disposal.

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With trick-or-treat just around the corner, the Lake Placid Police Department is joining law enforcement officers in Sebring and the sheriff’s office in a Halloween campaign: “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”

The target dates will start Oct. 25 and continue through Nov. 1.

The campaign is sponsored by Florida Law Enforcement Liaison program, a division of the Department of Transportation.

That will be followed by a Click It Or Ticket campaign Nov. 18 - Dec. 1. This campaign is designed to get motorists to wear seatbelts. During past Click It Or Ticket campaigns, Lake Placid police officers noted an increase in the use of safety belts by motorists.

Lake Placid Police officers are actually happiest when they don’t have to issue citations during the seat belt campaigns, according to Chief James Fansler. Turning in a low number of citations shows that our community is committed to safety.

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The United States Marine Corps is gathering new toys during its “Toys for Tots” campaign. A donation box has been placed in the lobby of the Lake Placid Police Department. Age appropriate toys in unopened packages would be greatly appreciated. No realistic looking toy weapons will be accepted.

For more information on the Toys for Tots campaign, please visit