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12-223 Operation Medicine Cabinet Event Collects 846.83 Pounds Of Prescription Medications (See Press Release #12-212 For More Details)

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Investigative Operations Bureau
-Narcotics Unit
-Pinellas County, Countywide Diversion Task Force
Patrol Operations Bureau
-North and South County Community Policing Officers

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:
DEA
National Family Partnership
LiveFree! Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition Of Pinellas
Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education (N.O.P.E.) of Pinellas Operation PAR Poison HELP Line

Partnering OMC Drop Off Sites:
Dolphin Village Shopping Center
Walgreens
Sweetbay Supermarket
Westfield Countryside Mall

What:
Deputies have released the results of the 8th Operation Medicine Cabinet event.

Where:
The event included nine drop off sites throughout the county. See press release #12-212 for the exact locations.

When:
The event was held from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 29, 2012.

How/Why:
The 8th Operation Medicine Cabinet collected a total of 846.83  pounds of prescription medications. Deputies say this was the second highest amount of medication collected during a take-back event. (On August 27, 2011 the event collected 1038.1 pounds.)

Overall, the Pinellas County OMC take-back events and drop-off containers have collected 9,529.71 pounds since the program began in May 2009. (This does not include the drop-off container weights for the month of September 2012.)

The four hour event was held at 9 locations throughout the county and included the participation of 8 law enforcement agencies in all.

The event was held in conjunction with the DEAs National Take Back Day. The breakdown of medication collected from each of the participating agencies is as follows:

Pinellas SO – 145.9 pounds
(106.4 pounds – SAB)
(39.5 pounds – NDS)
Clearwater PD – 345 pounds
Largo PD – 145.54 pounds
Pinellas Park PD – 62.7 pounds
Gulfport PD – 50.94 pounds
St. Pete Beach PD – 18.3 pounds
Tarpon Springs PD – 63.45 pounds
St. Petersburg PD – 15 pounds

Deputies would like to thank LiveFree Coalition personnel, the Narcotics Strategic Diversion Task Force Investigators, all the participating law enforcement agencies and the North & South County CPO’s for their assistance in a successful operation. The Sheriff’s Office would also like to thank the media for their assistance in getting the word out about the event.

OMC Drop-Boxes

Operation Medicine Cabinet

Drop off your expired or unused medications during business hours at Operation Medicine Cabinet drop boxes located at two Sheriff’s Office locations:

The Sheriff’s Administration Building
10750 Ulmerton Rd.
Largo

The Sheriff’s North District Office at
737 Louden Avenue
Dunedin

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