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June 19, 2014

Prescription Drug Round-up scheduled June 28

NORMAN — Sheriff Joe Lester urges anyone who has any expired or unwanted medications in their homes to bring them to the Prescription Drug Round-up from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. June 28 at the following businesses:

· Homeland, 10700 S. Pennsylvania Ave., Oklahoma City

· Homeland, 1251 Alameda St., Norman

· Homeland, 2600 W. Robinson St., Norman

· Crest Foods, 1315 N. Eastern Ave., Moore

Deputies will be posted at each site to collect prescriptions. Once prescriptions are gathered, they will be taken to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and destroyed.

Since June 2013, citizens have cleaned 700 pounds of medications out of their homes.

Lester established the drug round-up program in 2009 to help residents rid their homes of old or excess amounts of medications. Prescription drug abuse can cause serious illness or even death.

The Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office is committed to programs that address prescription drug abuse and support ways to eradicate the problem.

“Prescription drug abuse has serious consequences,” Lester said. “These round-ups give everyone a chance to toss out medications and ensure they are properly disposed.”

Round-ups are sponsored quarterly.

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