Preventing Overdose Through Safe Disposal of Medications and Seeking Help for Addiction

As International Overdose Awareness Day approaches, it is important to remember that prevention is a critical element to reduce addiction and overdose. Safely disposing of unused medications is one prevention step we all can take. Drug Free Charlotte County has “DisposalRx” medication disposal pouches available, at no cost, to residents in our county. These pouches... Continue Reading →

Red Dot Program Provides First Responders with Medical Information During Emergencies; Registration is Free

The Red Dot Program is a medical alert program that allows 911 personnel and first responders to access important medical and emergency contact information for participating members. When Firefighters, Paramedics, or Law Enforcement arrive at your home to provide emergency care, they may ask you and/or your family members the questions below. What is your... Continue Reading →

Harvesting Palmetto Berries Requires a Permit; Violators Face Misdemeanor Charges

A Lee County man was arrested on Friday for harvesting an endangered plant without a permit after a Charlotte County Sheriff's Office Agriculture Detective observed the violation in South Punta Gorda. The new requirement for a permit went into effect on July 17, 2018, after the Endangered Plant Advisory Council unanimously recommended adding saw palmetto to the Department’s commercially exploited plant list. More information on the new law can be found on the Department of Agriculture website. 

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