Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Pinellas County, Countywide Diversion Task Force
Partnering Law Enforcement Agencies:
St. Petersburg Police Department
Clearwater Police Department
Largo Police Department
St. Petersburg Beach Police Department
Pinellas Park Police Department
Tarpon Springs Police Department
Gulfport Police Department
In conjunction with:
National Family Partnership
LiveFree! Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition Of Pinellas
Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education (N.O.P.E.) of Pinellas
Poison HELP Line
Partnering OMC Drop Off Sites:
Dolphin Village Shopping Center
Westfield Countryside Mall
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit and Countywide Diversion Taskforce is set for its eighth installment of “Operation Medicine Cabinet.” The event is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday on September 29, 2012 and is being held in conjunction with DEAs National Take Back Day.
The event is an opportunity for citizens to safely discard unused or expired prescription medications; and is a multi-agency effort aimed at addressing the problem of prescription drug abuse and keeping a clean environment.
Operation Medicine Cabinet events to date (two in 2009; two in 2010; two in 2011; and one in 2012); along with OMC’s permanent drop-off containers at the Sheriff’s Administration Building and North District Station; at Treasure Island PD and Tarpon Springs PD have collected over 8,600 pounds of medications.
South County locations:
Dolphin Village Shopping Center (near Publix)
4655 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach – St. Pete Beach Police Department
5701 22nd Avenue South, Gulfport- Gulfport Police Department
St. Petersburg Police Department
1300 1 Avenue North, St. Petersburg – St. Petersburg Police Department
Mid County Locations:
7400 66th Street, Pinellas Park – Pinellas Park Police Department
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office (SAB – front parking lot)
10750 Ulmerton Road, Largo – Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
2460 East Bay Drive, Largo – Largo Police Department
North County locations:
Westfield Countryside Mall (between Lifestyle Gym & JC Penney’s)
27001 US Hwy 19 N, Clearwater – Clearwater Police Department
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office (North District Station – front parking lot)
737 Louden Ave, Dunedin – Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
605 South Pinellas Ave, Tarpon Springs – Tarpon Springs Police Department
The event is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, 2012.
Citizens are invited to stop by any one of the 9 locations during the designated times to drop off their unused and expired prescription medications for safe collection and disposal - no questions asked.
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 at the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Central Station (Largo) and North District Station (Dunedin) will be temporarily closed during the county wide event.
Please see attachment for map with locations.
For further information, please contact the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Office at 727-582-6221.