Get rid of unwanted prescription medication | News
Pinellas County, Florida -- Saturday, April 27, is National Drug Take Back Day and Pinellas County is helping people dispose of their unwanted prescription medications.
Saturday, April 27, 2013 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The event is an opportunity for citizens to safely discard unused or expired prescription medications, with no questions asked.
Citizens can stop by at these locations and drop off their prescription medications for safe collection and disposal. No bio-hazards or needles will be accepted and that the program is intended for private citizens of Pinellas County and not for commercial use.
The locations are as follows:
- Kenneth City Police Department, 4600 58th Street North, Kenneth City
- Walgreens, 5701 22nd Avenue South, Gulfport
- St. Petersburg Police Department, 1300 1 Avenue North, St. Petersburg
- Pinellas Park Police Department, 7700 59th Street North, Pinellas Park
- Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, 10750 Ulmerton Road, Largo
- Sweetbay Supermarket, 2460 East Bay Drive, Largo
- Westfield Countryside Mall, 27001 US Hwy 19 N., Clearwater
- Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, 737 Louden Ave., Dunedin
"Providing a disposal option - that is both convenient and environmentally responsible - may help keep prescriptions out of the hands of people for whom they were not intended. This service is one step in helping prevent prescription drugs from falling into the wrong hands," said Police Chief Anthony Holloway.
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a vital public safety and public health issue - the abuse of prescription drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.