Prescription Drug Take Back Day: Where to Discard Unused, Expired Meds
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 North District Station and 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.
To help get unused or expired medication out of cabinets and off the streets, residents can bring them, no questions asked, to be disposed during Operation Medicine Cabinet from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, at:
- North District Station (front parking lot), 737 Louden Ave., Dunedin (Look for Pinellas County Sheriff's deputies)
- Westfield Countryside Mall (between Lifestyle Gym & JC Penney’s on the east side of the mall), 27001 US Hwy 19 N, Clearwater (Look for the Clearwater Police Department)
"Imagine being a parent and finding out that you're your teen's drug dealer," Clearwater Police Chief Anthony Holloway in a release. "Most teens who report abusing prescription medication say they got it from family, friends or acquaintances."
"The problem has reached epidemic proportions, with prescription drugs as the number one abused drug in the United States, surpassing all other illicit drugs," according to a Pinellas County Sheriff's news release.
No bio-hazards or needles will be accepted.
The program is intended for private citizens of Pinellas County and not for commercial disposal.