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.
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.