Drug drop program still in effect

The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office would like to remind everyone about the ongoing drug disposal program offered at all our Sheriff’s Office Substations. The program has been an ongoing success. The Sheriff’s Office collected 185 pounds of various medications in the past six months of this year, from July 1 – December 31, 2013.

Proper disposal of prescription and over the counter medications is important. Flushing them down the toilet or sink can introduce dangerous and environmentally damaging substances into the water system; throwing them away in the trash can also introduce them into the environment, and you run the risk of them winding up in the wrong hands. The medications collected by the Sheriff’s Office are safely burned in the Sheriff’s Burn Unit.

County-wide, citizens may bring no-longer-needed prescription drugs and other over the counter medications in, or call and someone will pick the medications up for disposal.

People who call to have medications picked up can do so with no questions asked. The Sheriff’s Office goal is to dispose of the items properly, not to catch people with illegal pills.

· In the Upper Keys, medications will be accepted at the Plantation Key Substation Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. For pickup, call 305-853-3211 during office hours.

· In the Middle Keys, the Marathon Substation will accept any medications Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For pickup, call 305-289-2430 during office hours.

· In the Lower Keys, citizens can drop off medications at the Freeman Substation on Cudjoe Key at the Sheriff’s Office headquarters building on Stock Island Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. or call 305-745-3184 for pickup.

Caution: people who are going to bring their medications in themselves need to make sure to keep prescriptions in the prescription bottle while transporting them in case they need to show proof the prescription is legitimately theirs.

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