"Operation Medicine Cabinet" Breaks Records
A total of 814 pounds of prescription medications were collected at the latest "Operation Medicine Cabinet" event.
Despite the heat and rain, "Operation Medicine Cabinet" was a record-breaking event. The event took place from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 21. In four hours, and at 19 locations throughout the county, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office along with the St. Petersburg, Largo, Clearwater, Gulfport, St. Petersburg Beach, Pinellas Park, and Tarpon Springs Police Departments collected a total of 814 pounds of prescription medications.
The total makes Pinellas County the largest collector of prescription medications in this statewide event. The event was an opportunity for citizens to safely discard unused or expired prescription medications and was a multi-agency effort aimed at addressing the problem of prescription drug abuse and keeping a clean environment. According to deputies, citizens dropped off a wide variety of prescription medications, in pill and liquid form. In addition, according to deputies, a citizen turned in a 22-caliber firearm at a collection site manned by the Clearwater Police Department. That site was located at the Walgreen's parking lot at 1880 Belcher Road.
This event was the latest in a series of "Operation Medicine Cabinet" collection opportunities.
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