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Law officers join effort to rid streets of prescription drugs

The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office and St. Petersburg police will join a four-county effort to get prescription drugs off the streets.

"Operation Medicine Cabinet" takes a cue from gun buyback programs by providing a place for people to bring their expired and unused prescription drugs, controlled substances and over-the-counter medications so officers can safely dispose of them.

Part of the concept is to reduce prescription drug abuse by removing the source from people's homes. And the program will help keep the environment cleaner by keeping the medications out of the water supply and landfills.

Officers plan to burn the drugs.

The event takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco and Hernando counties.

Four collection points will be in Pinellas:

• Kmart at Seminole Mall, 7850 113th St. N, Seminole;

• Planet Fitness, 30701 U.S. 19, Palm Harbor;

• Sweetbay, 7941 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg;

• Sweetbay, 1794 22nd St. S, St. Petersburg.

For more information, call the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office public information office at (727) 582-6221.

Anne Lindberg can be reached at alindberg@sptimes.com or (727) 893-8450.

Law officers join effort to rid streets of prescription drugs 05/23/09 [Last modified: Saturday, May 23, 2009 4:30am]
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