(970 WFLA) - The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office is set for its eleventh 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 began in May 2009 and have been held semi-annually. The OMC events, along with OMC's permanent drop-off containers within the community, have collected 18,111.5 pounds of medications to date.
The event is scheduled from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturday on April 26, 2014.
-St. Petersburg Police Department
1300 1st Avenue North, St. Petersburg (St. Petersburg Police Department Lobby)
-St. Pete Beach Rec Center
7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach (PinellasCounty Sheriff's Office)
-Kenneth City Police Department
-4600 58th Street North, KennethCity (Kenneth City Police Department)
-Pinellas Park Police Department
7700 59th Street North, Pinellas Park (Pinellas Park Police Department)
-Pinellas County Sheriff's Office (Sheriff's AdminBuilding - front lot) 10750 Ulmerton Road, Largo
-Westfield Countryside Mall (between LA Fitness & 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 (PinellasCounty Sheriff's Office)
Citizens are invited to stop by any one of the 7 locations during the designated times to drop off their unused and expired prescription medications for safe collection and disposal - no questions asked.
Please be aware that no bio-hazards or needles will be accepted and that the program is intended for private citizens of PinellasCounty and not for commercial use.
As a reminder, drop off sites are not located inside the stores (Westfield) but in the parking lot area. 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 inside the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Central Station (Largo) and North District Station (Dunedin) will be temporarily closed during the county wide event.
PascoCounty's Pill Drop will be Saturday April 26, 2014 from 10 am - 2 pm at the following locations:
Gulf View Square Mall located at 9409 US Highway 19 in Port Richey
CrewLakePark located at 1679 Crews Lake Drive Spring Hill
The Shoppes at Wiregrass 28211 Paseo Drive Wesley Chapel (parking garage)
The Bartow Police Department’s event is also from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Anyone that has expired or unwanted medications can bring them to the drive through at the Bartow Police Department located at 450 N. Broadway Avenue in Bartow. Animal medication is also accepted.
Other agencies participating in the pill drop are:
Auburndale Police Department, 2 BobbyGreenPlaza, Auburndale
Haines City Police Department, 35400 Highway 27, HainesCity
Lake Alfred Police Department, 190 North Seminole Avenue, LakeAlfred
Lakeland Police Department, 219 N. Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland
Lake Wales Police Department, 133 E. Tillman Avenue, LakeWales
Winter Haven police department, 125 N. Lake Silver Drive NW, Winter Haven