Lee County Sheriffs office holds pill drive
Authorities collecting unused, expired pills to protect community, help environment
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NORTH FORT MYERS - The Lee County Sheriffs Office is working to get unused and expired pills off the street.
On Monday authorities collected 22,520 pills and 10 syringes as part of "Operation Medicine Cabinet."
"Everything that we're doing today in these Operation Medicine Cabinets is anonymous," said Trisha Bissler, a crime prevention specialist. "You bring them, drop them off, we count 'em. They're brought up to evidence, everything's destroyed including the pill bottles with your information."
Deputies are setting up shop at various spots this week where you can drop of your prescription or non-prescription pills no questions asked.
The goal, authorities say, is to prevent Lee County kids from getting their hands on something they might think is candy.
It also gets unused or expired medications out of cabinets and prevents them from being flushed, which could hurt the environment.
This is the fourth year the sheriff's office has held an event like this. Over that time they have collected almost 500,000 pills.
You can drop off pills anytime at any Lee County Sheriffs Office sub-station during business hours.
If you missed Monday's event there are others this week from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.:
Tues. October 4
Winn-Dixie, 1145 Homestead Rd., Lehigh Acres
Wed. October 5
Tanger Outlet Mall, 20350 Summerlin Rd., Fort Myers
Thurs. October 6
Hollywood Theater, Coconut Point, 8021 Cinema way, Estero
Health and Safety Fair
The sheriff's office will wrap up a week of events on Saturday with a big health and safety fair from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. at the Lee County School District offices at 2855 Colonial Blvd in Fort Myers.
The safety features:
-Does your car fit you? Carfit is an educational program where certified technicians help to ensure your vehicle fits you for optimal safety and comfort
-Secure shredding (limit 2 boxes per person)
-Lee Memorial Blood Bus
-Sheriff's K-9 Unit
-Health screenings by Ace HomeCare