Coinciding with National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month and Red Ribbon Week, police officers from the Clearwater Police Department (CPD) in Clearwater, Fla., will be on hand to collect and properly dispose of any unwanted prescription discards. CPD police officers will be present from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 26, 2013 at the Westfield Countryside Mall in Clearwater.
Clearwater Police ask for anyone to bring any expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs to the mall; officers present will take possession of any vials and dispose of them properly.
The purpose behind such an event is to relinquish prescription medications which are no longer needed/wanted so that they remain out of the wrong hands.
National Medicine Abuse Awareness Month espouses such messages, warnings and reminders so that unfortunate incidents are avoided. Episodes of drug overdose remain a tremendous dilemma in the United States as well as other nations.
As with most law enforcement agencies, the Clearwater PD is doing its part to preclude any such instances of prescription medications from being abused and potentially resulting in death.
With a current U.S. Census Bureau estimated population of 109,000 residents in Clearwater, Fla., that portends a significant amount of prescription drugs in the community.
With its efforts to eradicate any potential for medications to wind up in the wrong hands --such as a curious juvenile-- the Clearwater Police Department continues its efforts to combat such atrocities.
Also coinciding with Clearwater PD's prescription medication-collection and disposal efforts is Red Ribbon Week. Commemorated in conjunction with the slaying of Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Special Agent Enrique "Kiki" Camarena, Red Ribbon Week emphasizes a "Drug-free America" and especially denotes drug abuse education for our nation's youth.
DEA Agent Camarena was killed while working undercover to infiltrate a large drug cartel operation in Mexico. Agent Camarena's mission was to gather evidence against suspected Mexican law enforcement, military, and government corruption and involvement in the Mexican drug trade.
In February 1985, Agent Camarena was kidnapped by five Mexican drug cartel members and tortured; his body was discovered one month later in a shallow grave.
Red Ribbon Week delineates the dedication of Agent Camarena in his efforts to halt the drug trade and its exportation of dangerous substances into the United States.
Local efforts can go a long way to see the vision of the DEA and Agent Camarena come to fruition in a parallel sort: Negating drugs from entering the wrong hands.
Preclude your stored prescription medications from getting into the hands of curious- or illicit-minded individuals...and into the capable hands of Clearwater police officers. CPD police officials will be present to collect prescription drug vials this Saturday at the Westfield Countryside Mall in Clearwater, Fla.
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