Cleveland County Sheriff Joe Lester will host a prescription drug round up to help eliminate abuse.

Cleveland County Sheriff Joe Lester and his deputies need the public’s help in eliminating prescription drug abuse.

Sheriff Lester urges anyone who has any expired or unwanted medications to bring them to the Prescription Drug Round-up scheduled 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the following businesses:

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

• Homeland, 1251 Alameda Street in Norman

• Homeland, 2600 W. Robinson Street, 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.

Lester established the drug round-up program in 2009 to help citizens 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.

“Please go through your medicine cabinets in the next few days and gather any prescriptions that you no longer need and bring them to the round-up on Saturday,” Lester said. “Together we can win the fight against prescription drug abuse.”

Round-ups are sponsored quarterly.

Any questions regarding this press release and/or information can be addressed to Meghan McCormick, Cleveland County Sheriff’s Office, community liaison/public information officer. McCormick can be reached at (405) 701-8847.