***UPDATE***

Multiple Bay Area agencies held an event called "Operation Medicine Cabinet" as an opportunity for residents to safely discard unused or expired prescription medications to address the problem of drug abuse.

The Operation Medicine Cabinet collected 303.5 pounds of medication.

Operation Medicine Cabinet events began in May 2009 and have been held semi-annually since then.

Drop-off containers inside Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Central Station (Largo) and North County District Station (Dunedin) are open year round.

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Bay area law enforcement agencies are collecting your unwanted, unused and expired prescription medicine as part of the 12th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Individuals can turn in your medications safely and anonymously at many police departments around the region. Liquids, needles, inhalers or sharps are not allowed. Only pills and patches will be accepted.

Local programs are being held with the Drug Enforcement Agency to combat pill abuse and remove potentially dangerous pills from homes.

Authorities also recommend disposing of medication through their agencies instead of flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away, which could be dangerous to the environment and to others in a household.

Here is a county-by-county list where you can turn in your unwanted medication: