The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit and Countywide Diversion Taskforce 10th installment of “Operation Medicine Cabinet” on Saturday, Oct. 26, coincides with the federal Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Take Back Day.
Operation Medicine Cabinet is an opportunity for citizens to discard unused or expired prescription medications. The event is part of a multi-agency effort aimed at addressing the problem of prescription drug abuse. An added bonus is the benefit to helping keep a clean environment.
Citizens are invited to stop by any one of eight locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to drop off their unused and expired prescription medications for safe collection and disposal – no questions asked.
South County Locations:
• Lobby of the St. Petersburg Police Department, 1300 First Ave. N., St. Petersburg
• Gulfport Senior Center, 5501 27th Ave. S., Gulfport
• St. Pete Beach Rec Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach
Mid County Locations:
• Pinellas Park Police Department, 7700 59th St. N., Pinellas Park
• Front lot of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Administration Building, 10750 Ulmerton Road, Largo
• Sweetbay Supermarket, 2460 East Bay Drive, Largo
North County Locations:
• Westfield Countryside Mall, between LA Fitness & JC Penney’s, 27001 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater
• Front parking lot of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s North District Station, 737 Louden Ave., Dunedin
Operation Medicine Cabinet is designed to educate the public and raise awareness about the problem of prescription drugs abuse. The problem has reached epidemic proportions, with prescription drugs as the number one abused drug in the United States, surpassing all other illicit drugs.
Please be aware that no bio-hazards or needles will be accepted and that the program is intended for private citizens of Pinellas County and not for commercial use.
As a reminder, drop off sites are not located inside the stores but in the parking lot areas. Residents should look for a law enforcement presence at each of the selected drop-off sites.
Also, please be aware that the drop-off containers inside the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Central Station (Largo) and North District Station (Dunedin) will be temporarily closed during the county wide event.
Operation Medicine Cabinet began in May 2009. The events are scheduled semi-annually. The OMC events, along with OMC’s permanent drop-off containers within the community, have collected nearly 13,625 pounds of medications as of May of 2013.
For more information, call the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Office at 582-6221.