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13-040 Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Offers A Drug Abuse Website To Assist Families Dealing With Addiction Of Illicit Drugs And Prescription Medications

Who:
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
-Strategic Diversion Task Force
-Community Education and Services

What:  The Drug Abuse Website (www.pinellasdrugabuse.com) provides resources to assist families dealing with addiction and provides awareness and education on the dangers of abusing illicit drugs, prescription medications and other dangerous substances.

Where:  Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
10750 Ulmerton Road
Largo, Florida 33778

When:  The website was launched in October of 2012.  Several updates and new features have been added since that time.

How/Why:

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office developed the Drug Abuse Website www.pinellasdrugabuse.com, to provide resources to assist families dealing with addiction to illicit drugs, prescription medications and other dangerous substances.

This website will provide links to the following:

  • 211 Get Connected. Get Answers.
  • SAMHSA Treatment Locator*
  • Florida Poison Information Center
  • Eckerd Community Alternatives – Family Resources
  • Prescription pill identifier and information
  • Indicators of misuse and abuse of illicit and prescription drugs
  • Signs of possible drug overdose and what to do to get help
  • Safety information about how to safe guard and protect your medications
  • The Pinellas County Operation Cabinet Program (OMC), a safe way to dispose of your medications and drop-off container locator in your community
  • Links to: LiveFree! Substance Abuse Coalition of Pinellas, Operation PAR, NOPE Pinellas Chapter (Narcotics Overdose Prevention & Education), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Pinellas County Government Home Page, and the Florida Attorney General Home Page
  • How to report criminal activity or drug crimes – Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Submit a Drug Tip & Crime Stoppers of Pinellas County
  • Resource material, publications and news on related issues

* SAMHSA (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration) sponsors a website where you can find drug and alcohol abuse treatment programs and facilities.  

The misuse and abuse of illicit drugs, prescription medications and dangerous substances has escalated beyond belief over the last decade, becoming the fastest growing epidemic in the United States.  Most people, especially teenagers, are under the assumption that these dangerous substances are not harmful.  The abuse of these substances is a public health hazard, contributes to addiction and has deadly consequences.

Effective this month, Sheriff’s Office personnel, specifically deputies and Child Protection Investigators (CPID), have been provided the Drug Abuse Website business cards made available to the public on any drug related call.  The business cards contain the website information and QR (Quick Response Bar Code) that will allow the public to scan the QR with their Internet based phones for a direct link to the www.pinellasdrugabuse.com site.  The business cards will also be made available to the public by request or by contacting the Public Information Office.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is committed to the safety and health of its citizens.  This Drug Abuse Website is dedicated to assisting people with education about substance abuse and by providing resources for addiction.  This initiative is a first of its kind by law enforcement to link a variety of resources on a user friendly website.  Through a collaborative effort, we can make a difference in reducing this deadly problem.

This program is funded by the Substance Abuse Mental Services Administration, Drug Free Communities grant awarded to LiveFree! Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition of Pinellas County (LiveFree!) in partnership with the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office.

Any questions about the Drug Abuse Website can be directed to Sgt. Dan Zsido of the Community Education and Services Unit at 582-6200.

Below is an image of the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Drug Abuse Website business card.

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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

More Information

When To Call

In Florida, simply dialing 9-1-1 in an emergency connects you to EMS, law enforcement, and the fire rescue.

The 9-1-1 system is for emergencies only – serious vehicle crashes, critical medical situations, crimes in progress, or fire.

Do not call 9-1-1 for non emergency transportation.

If you are unsure if your situation is a true emergency, officials recommend that you let the call taker determine if you need emergency help.

Address

10750 Ulmerton Road
Largo, FL 33778

Mailing address:
PO Drawer 2500
Largo, FL 33779-2500

Phone: (727) 582-6200
Emergency: 9 1 1

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Instead, contact this office by telephone or in writing, via the United States Postal Service.