What is Operation Medicine Cabinet?
Prescription drugs and narcotics are flushed away every day, which has severe effects on Florida’s Aquifers. The St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office offers a program called Operation Medicine Cabinet which not only combats environmental pollution, but also keeps unwanted and unused drugs off of our streets. Operation Medicine Cabinet offers citizens an environmentally safe way to dispose of unused drugs while promoting community awareness and preventing crime.
Drop Off Locations and Times
The purpose of the Cuddly Care Program is to pick up the spirits of patients at Flagler Hospital and local nursing homes and has been around for almost 20 years! Many organizations, businesses and private citizens have generously contributed to this program by collecting hundreds of thousands of stuffed animals that have brought smiles to numerous patients’ faces.
If you would like to donate, you may drop off clean stuffed animals at the Sheriff’s Office Administration Building, 4015 Lewis Speedway, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Safe Trak facilitates the recovery of participants prone to wander (young or old), by utilizing radio frequency tracking devices. To participate in the program, the person must have been diagnosed with a some type of condition where the patient would not be able to take care of themselves or would not know how to get home. In the elderly, it may be Dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, traumatic brain injury, stroke or any number of neurological causes. In children, it may be Downs Syndrome, Autism, or traumatic brain injury.
Participating requirements are:
- They must have a full time caregiver, (spouse, parent, guardian). No caregiver means a higher risk of death or injury if they get lost.
- Registration of a device with the SAFE TRAK program
- Education of caregiver and understanding of equipment is mandatory.
- The caregiver must express an understanding that this device does not replace or relieve them of their responsibilities to care for the individual. It is a tool to assist in their recovery should they become lost, it is not a babysitter.
Initial cost for use of the transmitter is $250. The cost of battery replacement will be covered by SJSO. If there is a need for a transmitter and the family cannot afford to purchase it, SJSO will make a determination, based on need, to provide one at little or no cost. Upon receipt of the transmitter, the caregiver is trained to check it twice a day in order to be sure it is working correctly. Should someone in their care wander off, the caregiver is instructed to call 9-1-1 immediately. They should not check the community first. The faster we are contacted, the closer the person is to where they were last seen, and the sooner the trackers begin searching the area. Additional personnel will be brought in as needed. SJSO Deputies and other personnel are trained and certified to track through educational and practical components.
For more information on the Safe Trak program contact SGT Ramona Davis.
C.A.R.E. (Community and Advocacy Resources for the Elderly) Sheriff’s Office personnel can routinely visit seniors who have no local family or who live alone. The visits are intended to facilitate connectivity with an individual and foster a more open dialogue with law enforcement and other social services. For more information please contact Ms. Malinda Irwin.