Operation Medicine Cabinet Planned for Drug Take Back Day
Residents can safely discard unused or expired medications, no questions asked, during Operation Medicine Cabinet planned on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sept. 29 at Westfield Countryside Mall.
National Prescription Drug Take Back days bring light to prescription medication abuse and help remove hundreds of thousands of pounds of pills from cabinets across the country, according to the Drug Enforcement Agency.
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including those cabinets at home, according to Clearwater Police.
So to help get unused or expired medication out of cabinets and off the streets, residents can bring the medications, no questions asked, to be disposed during Operation Medicine Cabinet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at Westfield Countryside Mall.
"This program allows people to help combat the prescription drug abuse epidemic. Medicines can save lives but when they fall into the wrong hands, they can also take them," said Clearwater Police Chief Anthony Holloway in a release. "Imagine being a parent and finding out that you're your teen's drug dealer. Most teens who report abusing prescription medication say they got it from family, friends or acquaintances."
Clearwater Police collected 381 pounds of pills during a similar event in April.
The drop off is in the parking lot area south of Lifestyles Fitness Center, on the east side of the mall. No bio-hazards or needles will be accepted.
The program is intended for private citizens of Pinellas County and not for commercial disposal.