Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Dispose of your unused, expired medications Saturday

Saturday is Operation Medicine Cabinet. People who have unused and expired prescription medication may turn them in at collection centers across the county for safe disposal with no questions asked.

The program, now in its 11th year in Pinellas County, is designed to educate the public and raise awareness about the problem of prescription drug abuse, which has reached epidemic proportions. Prescription medication is the No. 1 abused drug in the United States, surpassing all other illicit drugs, according the Sheriff's Office.

Operation Medicine Cabinet events began in 2009 and since then the semiannual collections have brought in a total of more than 18,000 pounds of medications.

No biohazards or syringes will be accepted. The collections are for private residents of Pinellas County and not for commercial use.

Collection sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. For more information, contact the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Public Information Office at (727) 582-6221.

South Pinellas locations

St. Petersburg Police Department, 1300 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg (in the lobby)

St. Pete Beach Rec Center, 7701 Boca Ciega Drive, St. Pete Beach.

Mid-county locations

Kenneth City Police Department, 4600 58th St. N.

Pinellas Park Police Department, 7700 59th St. N.

Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, 10750 Ulmerton Road, Largo (Administration Building front lot).

North county locations

Westfield Countryside mall, 27001 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater (between LA Fitness and JCPenney).

Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, 737 Louden Ave., Dunedin (North District Station front parking lot).

• Dropoff containers inside the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Central Station (Largo) and North District Station (Dunedin) will be temporarily closed during the countywide event.

Dispose of your unused, expired medications Saturday 04/22/14 [Last modified: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 5:23pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Black entrepreneur says city stiffing him on project after he endorsed Rick Baker


    ST. PETERSBURG — A prominent African-American resident says his endorsement of mayoral candidate Rick Baker has led city officials to freeze him out of a major construction project along the historic "Deuces" stretch of 22nd Street S.

  2. Roosevelt Blvd closed at I-275 after truck hauling crane hits overpass


    ST. PETERSBURG — A truck transporting a construction crane hit the Interstate 275 overpass at Roosevelt Boulevard Tuesday.

  3. Pasco students, 12 and 15, faces weapons, threat charges


    Two Pasco County students from different schools were arrested Tuesday after one brought weapons onto campus and the other threatened a shooting, according to sheriff's deputies.

  4. It's official: Hillsborough high schools move to 8:30 a.m. start time, elementary schools to go earlier


    TAMPA — Hillsborough County high schools will start an hour later next year, beginning the day at 8:30 a.m. and ending at 3:25 p.m., the School Board decided Tuesday in a 6-0 vote.

    The Hillsborough County School Board has decided to end a compressed bus schedule that caused an estimated 12,000 children to get to school late every day. Under the new schedule, high schools will start at 8:30 a.m. instead of 7:30 a.m. Elementary schools will start at 7:40 a.m. and middle schools at 9:25 a.m. [Times files]