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'Operation Medicine Cabinet' in Pinellas County provides disposal for prescription drugs

LARGO — The Pinellas County Sheriff's Office Narcotics Unit and the Pinellas County Diversion Task Force Coalition will hold the fourth round of "Operation Medicine Cabinet" from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

The event is an opportunity for residents to discard unused or expired prescription medications, with no questions asked.

This time, eight law enforcement agencies around the county are participating, and drop-off sites have increased to 19 locations at Walgreens parking lots across the county, including 10 in mid and north Pinellas.

The event is an effort to raise awareness about prescription drug abuse. Statistics show that the most-abused drugs in the United States are prescription drugs.

Neither prescription nor over-the-counter drugs should be flushed down the toilet, because they can end up in the water supply.

Residents can stop by during designated times and drop off medications for safe collection and disposal. No biohazards or needles will be accepted. The program is not intended for commercial interests.

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

Drug dropoffs

The mid and north Pinellas locations:

• 103 Indian Rocks Road, Belleair Bluffs.

• 2295 East Bay Drive, Largo.

• 2991 Roosevelt Blvd., Largo.

• 1505 S Belcher Road, Clearwater.

• 1880 N Belcher Road, Clearwater.

• 1477 Main St., Dunedin.

• 33670 U.S. Highway 19 N, Palm Harbor.

• 1701 McMullen-Booth Road, Safety Harbor.

• 3770 Tampa Road, Oldsmar.

• 605 S Pinellas Ave. (Alt. 19), Tarpon Springs.

'Operation Medicine Cabinet' in Pinellas County provides disposal for prescription drugs 08/20/10 [Last modified: Friday, August 20, 2010 9:34pm]
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