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OPERATION MEDICINE CABINET

Saturday, May 30, 2009

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Even though studies show that abusing prescription drugs can lead to paranoia, addiction, seizures or even death, teenagers are under the misconception that taking prescription and over-the-counter drugs is safer than using illegal narcotics. For that reason, they are turning to their home medicine cabinets in search of the next high. To make sure prescription and over-the-counter drugs don’t end up in the wrong hands, the Broward Sheriff’s Office is partnering with the United Way of Broward County’s Commission on Substance Abuse to change this alarming trend through “Operation Medicine Cabinet.”

Operation Medicine Cabinet provides parents and other concerned adults with a safe way to properly dispose of their unused medications. Local CVS, Walgreens and Wal-Mart pharmacies are supporting this effort by giving participants a $5 gift card for their unwanted or unused medicine. All medications and any unwanted pharmaceutical items will be collected without question and properly destroyed by BSO.

On Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m., drop off your old pills and collect your $5 gift cards (while supplies last) at the following locations:

• Tamarac Community Center, 8601 W. Commercial Blvd., Tamarac

• Broward Sheriff’s Office, Cooper City District office, 10580 Stirling Road, Cooper City

According to the 2006 National Survey on Drug Use and Health conducted by the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), 2500 youngsters age 12 to 17 try a painkiller for the first time every day, and teens abuse prescription drugs more then any illicit street drug except marijuana.

Organizers of Saturday’s event are encouraging parents to always safeguard their medications, keep track of the quantity being used and properly dispose of any old or unused legal drugs. For more information on “Operation Medicine Cabinet”, call (800) 334-4568 or visit www.drugfreebroward.org.

This report by:

Dani Moschella/PIO

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