The Largo Police Department will accept expired and unwanted medications Saturday in an effort to keep prescription drugs out of the hands of drug abusers.
The effort is aimed at decreasing the number of accidental overdoses, as well as crime associated with prescription drug trafficking. In Pinellas County, prescription drug-related deaths were the No. 1 cause of accidental deaths in 2008, surpassing motor vehicle accidents.
The event is a collaboration between Largo police and Organizing for America, President Barack Obama's political organization to coordinate public service. It will be held in conjunction with the National Health Care Day of Service.
A similar effort in May by the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office and the St. Petersburg Police Department netted 622 pounds of pills.
The collection will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the lobby of the Largo Police Department, 201 Highland Ave. Information about the dangers of improperly used prescription drug abuse will also be available.
For information, please contact Jim O'Gara at (727) 517-9476.