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Feb 24, 2010 7:54 PM by Monica Quintero

Local sheriff's deputies conducting "Operation Medicine Cabinet"

Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Deputies said the abuse of prescription and over-the-counter drugs is the biggest problem facing our youth. They have set up drop boxes at every sheriff's substation in Santa Barbara County and are asking parents to get rid of unused and expired drugs.

It's part of an event the sheriff's department is holding called "Operation Medicine Cabinet." The department is also working closely with schools such as Joe Nightengale Elementary in Orcutt.

Dr. Holly Edds, principal, said, "Children see it as being a safer medication and it's also more accessible for them than accessing street drugs. It came from a doctor and many times children will experiment with it or try it out." Sheriff's deputies will be at two schools this week, to collect the drugs safely.

They'll be at La Patera School in Goleta on Thursday from 2:45 p.m. until 4:15 p.m. Then, at Joe Nightengale Elementary in Orcutt on Friday from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.

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