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The Sheriff’s Corner: BSO's Operation Medicine Cabinet -- 55+ Magazine, Issue 6

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The increased misuse of prescription drugs in Broward County has not gone unnoticed by law makers or law enforcement. Every day in the State of Florida, eight people die from unintentional drug overdoses. Frequently, a variety of illicit drugs and prescription drugs were the direct and immediate cause of the victim’s death. Most people do not realize the hazards associated with combining pharmaceuticals with illicit drugs or alcohol.

Where are these drugs obtained? Often, abusers take them right from the medicine cabinets of friends and family or from doctors who freely dispense these dangerous prescriptions at pain management clinics also known as “pill mills.” Recently, the implementation of the Prescription Drug monitoring Program (PDMP), which is an electronic database to track excessive dispensing of prescription drugs to doctor-shopping patients, went into effect. In short, the establishment of this system in Florida will prevent a great number of deaths from the illegal diversion and subsequent abuse and overdose of prescription drugs in our state. This program along with our agency’s Operation Medicine Cabinet prevention efforts is vital in curbing this disturbing and deadly trend.

 Our agency offers numerous prescription drug “take back” events, where residents can safely dispose of unwanted medications and receive a $5.00 gift card to local stores and pharmacies (one gift card per family). Additionally, we offer prescription drug prevention presentations for community groups and organizations. To find out the date and time of our next prescription “take back” event or to schedule a presentation, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or call 954.321.4146.

Stay safe!



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