As part of an ongoing effort to crack down on illegal pill mills and prevent prescription drug abuse, many local law enforcement agencies are participating in Operation Medicine Cabinet Prescription Drug Take-Back Day this Saturday.
Here is a list of local locations and times where you can turn in unused or expired prescription medications to keep those types of drugs from getting into the wrong hands - no questions asked.
Zephyrhills Police Department - 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
6118 8th Street - Zephyrhills, FL 33542 - 813-780-0050 (Behind Zephyrhills Post Office)
All Pinellas County drop-off sites are 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Dolphin Village Shopping Center (near Publix) - 4655 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach - St. Pete Beach Police Department
Walgreens - 5701 22nd Avenue South, Gulfport- Gulfport Police Department
St. Petersburg Police Department - 1300 1 Avenue North, St. Petersburg - St. Petersburg Police Department
Walgreens - 7400 66th Street, Pinellas Park - Pinellas Park Police Department
Pinellas County Sheriff's Office (SAB - front parking lot) - 10750 Ulmerton Road, Largo - Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
Sweetbay Supermarket - 2460 East Bay Drive, Largo - Largo Police Department
Westfield Countryside Mall (between Lifestyle Gym & JC Penney's) - 27001 US Hwy 19 N, Clearwater - Clearwater Police Department
Pinellas County Sheriff's Office (North District Station - front parking lot) - 737 Louden Ave, Dunedin - Pinellas County Sheriff's Office
Walgreens - 605 South Pinellas Ave, Tarpon Springs - Tarpon Springs Police Department
Lakeland Police Department - 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. - 219 N Massachusetts Avenue, Lakeland
For those unable to attend the September 29 event, unwanted medications may also be taken to the county's permanent drop site, located at the Winter Haven Police Department, 125 North Lake Silver Drive NW, in Winter Haven, weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Medications may also be safely disposed of at home in the following manner: Dissolve medications in water, and mix with coffee grounds or cat litter. Then, pour into a zip lock bag and put in your trash. Do not dump any medications into the toilet or your trash, to avoid harming lakes and ground water.
All Hillsborough County drop-off sites are 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Sponsored by Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office: Sweetbay Supermarket - 2535 State Road 60 East, Valrico, FL 33594
Sponsored by Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office: Sweetbay Supermarket - 5320 Ehrlich Road, Tampa, FL 33624
Sponsored by Tampa Police Department: Sweetbay Supermarket - 2525 North Dale Mabry Hwy., Tampa, FL 33607
Sponsored by the DEA: Museum of Science and Industry (MOSI) - 4801 East Fowler Avenue, Tampa, FL 33617
For more locations visit the U.S. Office of Diversion Control website .
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