Hundreds of pounds of medicine collected in drug take-back event

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TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – Law enforcement agencies all over the Tampa Bay area collected hundreds of pounds of medicine for the DEA’s Prescription Drug Take-Back ‘Operation Medicine Cabinet’ event Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In Pinellas County, the event was held at 12 locations to include north, mid and south county where officials say a total of 736 pounds of medication was collected.

The breakdown of results for Operation Medicine Cabinet is as follows:

PCSO Sheriff’s Administration Building 76.5 lbs

PCSO North District Station 12 lbs

PCSO St. Pete Beach 3.5 lbs

Largo Police Department: 33.5 lbs

Clearwater Police Department 505.5 lbs

Pinellas Park Police Department: 15 lbs

Kenneth City Police Department 4 lbs

St. Petersburg Police Department 81 lbs

Treasure Island Police Department 0 lbs

Gulfport Police Department 5.5 lbs

The event is an opportunity for residents 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.

Operation Medicine Cabinet events began in May 2009 and have been held semi-annually since then.

Drop-off containers inside the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Administration Building (Largo) and the North District Station (Dunedin) are open year round.

Sarasota Police reported a total of 7 pounds of unwanted prescription pills that were turned in.

No word yet on the totals collected by some of the other local agencies in the Tampa Bay area.

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