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Prescription drug collection event set for Saturday

Local police agencies have an answer for what to do with your old, unused prescriptions.

Several law enforcement agencies will participate in a prescription drug take-back event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.

Residents can stop by any of the locations of the event, called Operation Medicine Cabinet, to drop off unused and expired prescriptions. Needles won't be accepted.

Participating agencies include the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office and the police departments in Kenneth City, St. Petersburg, Gulfport, Pinellas Park, Largo and Clearwater.

Eight prescription take-back events from 2009 to 2012 collected 11,439 pounds of medications, according to the Sheriff's Office.

The Sheriff's Office said the event, which is held in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration's National Take Back Day, is meant to keep excess drugs out of residents' homes and to raise awareness about the prevalence of prescription drug abuse. They will collect the medicines without asking questions.

Locations include:

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

• Walgreens, 5701 22nd Ave. S, Gulfport

• St. Petersburg Police Department, 1300 First Ave. N, St. Petersburg

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

• Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, 10750 Ulmerton Road, Largo

• Sweetbay, 2460 East Bay Drive, Largo

• Westfield Countryside mall (between Lifestyle gym and JCPenney, 27001 U.S. 19 N, Clearwater

• Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, 737 Louden Ave., Dunedin

Prescription drug collection event set for Saturday 04/26/13 [Last modified: Saturday, April 27, 2013 12:05am]
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