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Operation Medicine Cabinet Drop Box Offers Daily Access for Public

1/17/2013 1:30:25 PM

Contact: Elizabeth Watts, Public Safety PIO

Clearwater, Fla. There's no need to hang on to your unused, unwanted or expired prescription drugs anymore. You can now drop them off seven days a week at the Clearwater Department Police. The drop box, located in our lobby, is an expansion to the Operation Medicine Cabinet (OMC) program - a countywide, multi-agency effort to safely collect unwanted prescription medications from Pinellas County citizens at no charge.

Just bring your prescription medications to the front desk of CPD headquarters at 645 Pierce Street during operational hours (7:30 a.m. through midnight) and police personnel will assist you with placing your items in the drop box.

ACCEPTED: Any prescription drug or medicine used for people or pets, including pills, liquids, inhalers, patches and Epi-Pens.

PROHIBITED: Syringes, bio-hazards and medical equipment.

If possible, please safely remove medications from bottles and place in zip lock bags. Liquids should remain within their original containers and the caps secured with tape. Remember to remove labels from the bottles and destroy them.

The OMC program is intended for private, not commercial use. Items from doctor offices, pharmacies or medical facilities will not be accepted.

The Clearwater Police Department, Pinellas County Sheriff's Office and other Pinellas County law enforcement agencies are establishing drop box locations throughout the county. For a complete listing, visit www.pinellasdrugabuse.com/?page_id=51.

Operation Medicine Cabinet provides a safe way of destroying the pharmaceuticals through incineration. By burning the pharmaceuticals as opposed to flushing or sending medication to the landfill, polluting the environment can be avoided.