Operation Medicine Cabinet Collects 863 Pounds of Medications

St. Petersburg Police collected 15 pounds, while the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office collected more than 145 pounds.

The 8th Operation Medicine Cabinet collected a total of 863.83 pounds of
prescription medications. Deputies say this was the second highest amount of
medication collected during a take-back event. (On August 27, 2011 the event
collected 1038.1 pounds.)

Overall, the Pinellas County OMC take-back events and drop-off containers have
collected 9,529.71 pounds since the program began in May 2009. (This does not
include the drop-off container weights for the month of September 2012.)

The four hour event was held at 9 locations throughout the county and included
the participation of 8 law enforcement agencies in all.

The event was held in conjunction with the DEAs National Take Back Day. The
breakdown of medication collected from each of the participating agencies is
as follows:

  • Pinellas SO - 145.9 pounds
    • (106.4 pounds - SAB)
    • (39.5 pounds - NDS)
  • St. Petersburg PD - 15 pounds
  • Clearwater PD - 345 pounds
  • Largo PD - 145.54 pounds
  • Pinellas Park PD - 62.7 pounds
  • Gulfport PD - 50.94 pounds
  • St. Pete Beach PD - 18.3 pounds
  • Tarpon Springs PD - 63.45 pounds

Deputies would like to thank LiveFree Coalition personnel, the Narcotics
Strategic Diversion Task Force Investigators, all the participating law
enforcement agencies and the North & South County CPO's for their assistance
in a successful operation.

jjinfl September 30, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Why are they collecting meds, and what kinds? Is this drive still in progress?
jjinfl September 30, 2012 at 11:54 AM
Why are you collecting meds? What kinds? Is this drive still going on?
CJ September 30, 2012 at 03:34 PM
I wondered why all the cops I have seen lately having been driving around like they are on something...now I know why:)
Mike F. October 01, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Got a Vicodin, man?
Catherine October 02, 2012 at 06:49 PM
I'd certainly like to know when they'll be collecting again as I've quite a few bottles of out-dated prescriptions that I'd prefer to be safely disposed.


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