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Updated: 10/31/2013 08:00:04AM

Operation Medicine Cabinet nets 1,400 pounds of Rx drugs

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Operation Medicine Cabinet brought 1368.7 pounds of unwanted or unused prescription medications for safe and propser disposal.

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Almost 1,400 pounds of outdated or unwanted prescription medicines was collected Saturday in Operation Medicine Cabinet, a joint effort between the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office and the Sebring and Lake Placid police departments.

Sponsored by Drug Free Highlands and the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Agency, the event resulted in 1368.7 pounds of prescription medications being dropped off for safe, lawful disposal.

Collection points were in Lake Placid, Sebring and Avon Park, according to HCSO Public Information Officer Nell Hays.

This total exceeded the 1143.9 pounds of medications collected in April of this year by almost 125 pounds. Together the two events allowed for the proper disposal of over 2500 pounds of prescription medication from Highlands County residents.

The drugs were weighed and packaged to be sent away to be safely disposed of, according to federal standards.

Sheriff Susan Benton was very pleased with the results.“I want to thank the citizens for their effort in helping address the problem of prescription drug abuse as well as keeping a clean environment by turning in their expired and unused prescription medications during Operation Medicine Cabinet events,” she said.