Operation Medicine Cabinet provides members of the community mechanism to dispose of outdated or unused prescription drugs in an environmentally safe and legal manner. Recent studies have revealed that many of the substances, including prescription medications, that have been disposed of through our water or landfill infrastructures are now showing up in our watersheds, streams, and lakes. Removing and disposing of these drugs properly is of paramount importance with respect to drug abuse, as it helps to keep prescription drugs out of the hands of unauthorized users. A recent report in the Los Angeles Times stated that drug abuse is now responsible for killing more Americans than vehicle crashes.
Operation Medicine Cabinet provides a convenient venue for properly disposing of expired and/or unused prescriptions at several different locations around Collier County. If you can’t join us on the 12th, there is a permanent Operation Medicine Cabinet drop box located in the lobby of the Marco Island Police Department, as well as drop off boxes at the Naples Police Department, Collier County Sheriff’s Office, Collier County Medical Examiners Office and other convenient locations (www.drugfreecollier.org/operation_medicine_cabinet.asp)
Marco Island Police Department’s participation in this program illustrates our strong commitment to keeping all of our citizens safer, protecting our youth from the harmful misuse of prescription drugs, understanding the needs of seniors, and the environmental implications related to the improper or unsafe disposal of medications.