***Update to release 13-079 Operation Medicine Cabinet Event – Saturday April 27th, 2013***
Totals for today’s Operation Medicine Cabinet Event were as follows:
- 1,545.5 pounds of unwanted prescription medications collected by law enforcement.
This program was started in May of 2009.
For further information, please contact the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Office at 727-582-6221 or Sgt. Dan Zsido at 727-582-6200.
***Original release below***
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Investigative Operation Bureau
Pinellas County, Countywide Diversion Task Force
Partnering Law Enforcement Agencies:
Kenneth City Police Department
Gulfport Police Department
St. Peterburg Police Department
Pinellas Park Police Department
Largo Police Department
Clearwater 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:
Westfield Countryside Mall
The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit and Countywide Diversion Taskforce is set for its ninth installment of “Operation Medicine Cabinet.” The event 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 two in 2012); along with OMC’s permanent drop-off containers within the community have collected 11,439.1 pounds of medications.
The event is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday on April 27, 2013.
South County Locations:
-Kenneth City Police Department
4600 58th Street North, Kenneth City (Kenneth City 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:
-Pinellas Park Police Department
7700 59th Street North, Pinellas Park (Pinellas Park Police Department)
-Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office (Sheriff’s Admin Building – front lot)
10750 Ulmerton Road, Largo (Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office)
2460 East Bay Drive, Largo, (Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office)
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)
Citizens are invited to stop by any one of the 8 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 attached flyer.
For further information, please contact the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Office at 727-582-6221.