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St. Pete Police to Collect Unused Medications

Operation Medicine Cabinet is a nationwide program, held Saturday April 28, which will collecting unused and unwanted medications safely and with no questions asked.

If you have prescription pills that are expired or unused, you can dispose of them safely on Saturday. The St. Petersburg Police Department is participating in the seventh annual "Operation Medicine Cabinet" in Pinellas County.

Local law enforcement will be at three local Sweetbays from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday to collect medications. No biohazard items or needles will be accepted.

St. Pete and Gulfport Dropoff Locations:

  • Sweetbay: 7491 Fourth St. N, St. Petersburg (Southeast corner of Fourth Street N & 76 Avenue  N)
  • Sweetbay: 6095 Ninth Ave. N, St. Petersburg (9th Avenue N west of Tyrone Boulevard)
  • Walgreens: 5701 Gulfport Blvd. S, Gulfport (Northwest corner Gulfport Blvd & 57th St S)
  • Sweetbay: 955 62 Ave S, St Petersburg (Northwest corner of Dr. MLK Jr. St. S & 62 Avenue S)
  • Sweetbay: 6851 Gulfport Blvd., South Pasadena (Gulfport Boulevard west of Oleander Way S)
  • Walgreens: 10551 Gulf Blvd., Treasure Island (Southeast corner of Gulf Boulevard & 106 Avenue)
  • Dolphin Village Shopping Center: 4655 Gulf Blvd, St. Pete Beach (Gulf Blvd north of 46 Avenue)

Last year, the Pinellas County Sheriff's Office collected more than one thousand pounds of unwanted and unused medications. Officials called that amount an "all-time record" for the program. To date, the total collected weight of all OMC operations amount to more than 2.5 tons of medications.

Those who cannot participate in the April 28 event may leave expired or unneeded medications in the permanent drop-box at the Sheriff's Administration Building at 10750 Ulmerton Road in Largo, or at the North District Station at 737 Louden Avenue in Dunedin. However, those two drop-boxes will be closed temporarily during the event.

For more information visit the PCSO website.

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