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SMALL FORTUNE IN PRESCRIPTION PILLS TURNED IN AT BSO’S OPERATION MEDICINE CABINET

Date: January 27, 2014                                                                                       PIO Number: 14-1-19

 

For residents who want to get rid of unwanted and unused prescription drugs, the Broward Sheriff’s Office monthly Operation Medicine Cabinet (OMC) events are as easy as ordering hamburgers at a fast food drive-thru. Because of that, the agency has collected millions of pills that could have otherwise ended up on the street.

At Saturday’s OMC event at the Festival Flea Market in Pompano Beach, one woman drove her car up to a team of rubber-gloved BSO employees and handed over something unusual – a single bottle of prescription Oxycodone worth more than $20,000 if sold on the street. Years ago, she filled a prescription through the mail. There were hundreds of 40-milligram pills in the bottle she turned in.

“We know that most kids who abuse prescription pills get them from the medicine cabinets of friends or relatives. Sometimes, the medication is stolen in burglaries,” Sheriff Scott Israel said. “If there are prescription pills sitting unused in your house, they are accessible. That’s why we are so devoted to Operation Medicine Cabinet events.”

At Saturday’s OMC event, employees filled multiple cardboard boxes with more than 50,000 non-controlled such as heart and cholesterol medication and 3,655 controlled medications such as Oxycodone, Xanax and Valium. In 2013, BSO collected at least 360,000 non-controlled pills and 21,339 controlled pills. The names of people who turn in the medications are kept anonymous.

For more information or for a schedule of OMC events, visit http://www.sheriff.org/safety/operation_medicine_cabinet/

online or call BSO’s Prescription Drug Prevention Specialist Jonathan Fishman at (954) 321-4146.

THIS REPORT BY:                                                                         Dani Moschella/PIO

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