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.
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:
Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is participating in Operation Medicine Cabinet today from 10 a.m to 2.p.m.
Turn in your pills at these locations:
- 737 Louden Avenue, Dunedin; Pinellas County Sheriff's Office North District station
- Westfield Countryside Mall near LA Fitness parking lot, 27001 US Highway 19 North; Clearwater Police Department
- Winn-Dixie parking lot, 2400 East Bay Drive, Largo; Largo Police Department
- Walgreen's, 7751 49th Street, Pinellas Park; Pinellas Park Police Department
- 4600 58th Street North, Kenneth City; Kenneth City Police Department
- 1300 1st Avenue North, St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg Police Department
- Target parking lot.,8151 Dr. MLK Street North, St. Petersburg
- Winn-Dixie Tyrone Gardens Shopping Center, 1050 58th Street North, St. Pete Beach
- Community Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach; Gulfport Police Department
- Gulfport Senior Center, 5501 27th Avenue South, Gulfport
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office, Tampa Police Department and USF Police Department will take in prescription pills at the following locations:
- CVS, 105 S. Pebble Beach Blvd, Sun City Center; Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
- Walgreens, 8398 Sheldon Road, Tampa; Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office
- Winn-Dixie, 2525 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa; Tampa Police Department
- Tampa Bay Federal Credit Union, 3815 N. Nebraska Ave., Tampa, 33603; Tampa Police Department
- USF Morsani Center, 13330 Laurel Drive, Tampa: University of South Florida Police Department
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Sarasota Police Department will accept unwanted prescription drugs at the front lobby of the SPD at 2099 Adams Lane in Sarasota.
Other Sarasota County locations include:
2071 Ringling Boulevard, Sarasota; Sarasota County Sheriff's Office
2099 Adams Lane; Sarasota Police Department
501 College Drive; New College Police Department
1350 Ridgewood Avenue; Venice Police Department
4531 State Road 776, Venice; Sarasota County Sheriff's Department
4980 City Hall Boulevard, North Port; North Port Police Department
The Manatee County Sheriff's Office is taking in unwanted medication at the following locations until November 12:
- MCSO Operations Center at 600 301 Boulevard, Bradenton
- MCSO District 2 at 407 57th Ave. East, Bradenton, (M-F 8 a.m-4 p.m.)
- MCSO District 3 616 67 Street Circle E., Bradenton. (M-F 8 a.m-4 p.m.)
The Winter Haven Police Department is accepting unwanted medication at their main office today from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 125 E Lake Silver Dr NE.
In addition to today's event, WHPD also has a permanent drop box available Monday-Friday during regular business hours.
The Hernando County Sheriff's office has launched Operation Pill Drop running until November 12th. Drop off boxes are at the following locations:
- Hernando County Sheriff's Office, main office lobby, 18900 Cortez Boulevard, Brooksville
- Hernando County Sheriff's Office, District Two office lobby, 7499 Forest Oaks Boulevard, Spring Hill
- Hernando County Detention Center, 16425 Spring Hill Drive, Spring Hill (location is northeast corner of the parking lot near Inmate Release Pavillion)
Needles, sharps and/or syringes are to be taken to the landfill at 14450 Landfill Road, Brooksville or 2525 Osowaw Boulevard in Spring Hill. Liquids and inhalers can be disposed at the Brooksville landfill only.
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