“Operation Medicine Cabinet” statewide effort with 19 drop-off sites throughout Pinellas County on Saturday, August 21, 2010, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
The event is an opportunity for citizens to safely discard unused or expired prescription medications; and is a multi-agency effort aimed at addressing the problem of prescription drug abuse and keeping a clean environment. The event is back for a fourth round.
The Sheriff’s Office Narcotics Unit and the Pinellas County Diversion Task Force Coalition is holding its fourth round of “Operation Medicine Cabinet” The event is an opportunity for citizens to discard unused or expired prescription medications.
This time it is a statewide effort which includes 19 drop-off locations throughout Pinellas County.
This time, a total of eight law enforcement agencies to include the Sheriff’s Office, the St. Petersburg Police Department, the Largo Police Department, the Clearwater Police Department, the Gulf Port Police Department, the St. Pete Beach Police Department, the Pinellas Park Police Department and the Tarpon Springs Police Department are participating in the effort; and the drop-off sites have increased to nineteen locations at Walgreen’s store parking lots across the county.
The event is an effort to raise awareness about the problem of prescription drugs abuse. The problem has reached epidemic proportions. According to statistics prescription drugs are the number one abused drug in the United States, now surpassing all other illicit drugs.
Operation Medicine Cabinet has partnered with Walgreen’s and all of the drop-off sites will be set up at Walgreen’s parking lots. The following is a list of the Walgreen’s locations where citizens may come to drop off their unused or expired medications:
South County locations:
- 674 E. Welch Causeway, Madeira Beach – PCSO
- (Northwest corner Duhme Rd & Tom Stuart Causeway)
- 3077 54th Ave South, St. Petersburg – SPPD
- (Northeast corner 54th Avenue & 31st Street South)
- 3851 4th Street North, St. Petersburg – SPPD
- (Northeast corner 4th Street & 39th Avenue North)
- 6735 Central Ave, St. Pete – SPPD
- (Northeast corner Pasadena Avenue & Central Ave)
- 5701 22nd Ave S, Gulfport – GPD
- (Northwest corner Gulfport Blvd & 57th St South)
- 4401 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach – SPBPD
- (Northeast corner 44th Ave & Gulf Blvd)
- 6994 US 19 N, Pinellas Park – PPPD
- (Southwest corner US 19 & 70th Avenue North)
Mid County locations:
- 10121 Seminole Blvd, Seminole – PCSO
- (Southeast corner Seminole Blvd & 102nd Ave North)
- 103 Indian Rocks Road, Belleair Bluffs – PCSO
- (Southeast corner Indian Rocks Road & West Bay Drive)
- 7400 66th Street, Pinellas Park – PPPD
- (Northwest corner 66th Street & Park Blvd)
- 2295 East Bay Drive, Largo – LPD
- (Southwest corner East Bay Drive & Keene Road)
- 2991 Roosevelt Blvd, Largo) – PCSO
- (Southwest corner Roosevelt Blvd & 58th Street)
- 1505 S. Belcher Road, Clearwater – CPD
- (Southeast corner Belcher Road & Nursery Road)
North County locations:
- 1880 N. Belcher Road, Clearwater – CPD
- (Southwest corner Belcher Road & Sunset Point Road)
- 1477 Main Street, Dunedin – PCSO
- (Southwest corner Main Street & Keene Road)
- 33670 US Hwy 19 North, Palm Harbor – PCSO
- (Southwest corner US 19 & Nebraska Ave)
- 1701 McMullen Road, Safety Harbor – PCSO
- (Northeast corner McMullen Booth Road & SR 590)
- 3770 Tampa Road, Oldsmar – PCSO
- (Southwest corner Tampa Road & Forest Lake Blvd)
- 605 S. Pinellas Ave, Tarpon Springs – TSPD
- (Southeast corner of Pinellas Ave & MLK Drive)
Citizens may simply stop by during the designated times and drop off their medications for safe collection and disposal. Please be aware that no bio-hazards or needles will be accepted and that the program is intended for private citizens of Pinellas County and not for commercial use.
For further information, please contact the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Office at 727-582-6221.