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A Unique Way to Celebrate Earth Day

29Proper Disposal of Medicines Protects You and the Earth

Do you know that every day 2,500 teens try prescription drugs for the first time in order to get high, and that nearly 70 percent of those users obtained prescription drugs from the family medicine cabinet or from friends?  There is something that you can do about these incredible statistics.

All those medicine bottles lurking in your bathroom cabinet or in your dresser drawer mean the potential problems of…

  • misuse by teenagers and adults,
  • poisoning of children or pets,
  • health problems from taking the wrong medicine, too much medicine, or medicine that is expired
  • medicines entering groundwater or rivers and lakes when poured down the drain or flushed down the toilet.

Proper disposal of medicines can not only protect children and adults from these dangers but can also protect the earth from this relatively new “pharmaceutical pollution.”  We in Pinellas County are fortunate to have Operation Medicine Cabinet, a multi-agency pharmaceutical take-back program aimed at addressing the problem of prescription drug abuse and keeping a clean environment. This program is designed to safely collect unwanted prescription medications from citizens of Pinellas County at no charge.

On this Earth Day 2015, please consider this unique way to protect our earth.  Gather all your expired or unused medications and deliver them to Operation Medicine Cabinet drop boxes at the following locations during business hours:

  • The Sheriff’s Administration Building

10750 Ulmerton Road, Largo

  • The Sheriff’s North District Office

737 Louden Avenue, Dunedin

  • Belleair Police Department
  • Clearwater Police Department
  • Gulfport Police Department
  • Kenneth City Police Department
  • Pinellas Park Police Department
  • St Petersburg Police Department
  • Tarpon Springs Police Department
  • Treasure Island Police Department


Click here for more information about Operation Medicine Cabinet.

Click here for Pinellas County’s A to Z Guide for Recycling and Disposal of Medications and Pharmaceutical Waste.

Click here for news of the May 16th Disposal Event.






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