On a day when law enforcement agencies across the nation scheduled collection depots in their respective jurisdictions, the Pinellas County Sheriff's office in Largo, Fla., amassed 925-plus pounds of unwanted, expired, unused prescription medications.
The collected prescription medications will be facilitated by Pinellas County Sheriff's Office (PCSO) members and properly destroyed. The sheriff's office has two drop-box locations for people to deposit unwanted prescription drugs: The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Administration building at 10750 Ulmerton Rd. in Largo, Fla., and the sheriff’s North District Office at 737 Louden Avenue in Dunedin, Fla.
Coinciding with the collection efforts held on Saturday, October 26, 2013, were nationwide efforts made by various law enforcement agencies participating in the program. Dubbed "Operation Medicine Cabinet" and held annually, the public is accorded an opportunity to rid medicine chests of old and unwanted prescription drugs.
The ultimate purpose is to make obsolete any prescription drugs so that they do not wind up in the hands of the wrong people.
Prescription drug collection efforts include drugs prescribed for pets as well.
Countless overdose incidents are chronicled each year, many of which stem from typically younger individuals who become curious and ingest prescription drugs belonging to others.
Also in Pinellas County, the Clearwater Police Department (CPD) in Clearwater, Fla., set up a station --attended by deputies-- in one of its jurisdiction's malls. Clearwater police officers collected unwanted prescription medications for four hours yesterday at the Westfield Countryside Mall.
Clearwater police officers collected approximately 659 pounds of pharmaceutical drugs. Albeit a mere fraction of what is collected nationally during "Operation Medicine Cabinet" these two law enforcement agencies combined produced a staggering quantity of dangerous drugs. Disposing of the entire amount correlates to far fewer overdoses.
The efforts of police agencies to set up depots and collect dangerous prescription medications can make a tremendous difference in saving lives from harm and overdose. Often, these perilous drugs in the wrong hands result in irreparable harm or fatalities otherwise preventable; ridding households of prescription drug supplies remains a wise option.
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