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Unused drugs can be turned in Saturday


Published:   |   Updated: April 26, 2013 at 02:04 PM

Suncoast law enforcement agencies will help residents properly dispose of expired, unused and prescription drugs on Saturday.

It’s part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m., sites in Pinellas, Pasco, Hillsborough, Manatee, Polk and other counties will accept unneeded medications that might otherwise be susceptible to misuse or abuse.

Liquids and hypodermic needles and other biohazards will not be accepted.

Prescription drug abuse kills seven Floridians a day, according to authorities. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets. According to authorities, drugs languishing in home cabinets also can lead to accidental poisonings.

In addition, usual methods of disposal – flushing down a toilet or throwing in the trash – pose potential safety, health and environmental hazards, officials said.

“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,” Clearwater Police Chief Anthony Holloway said in a news release. “This service is one step in helping prevent prescription drugs from falling into the wrong hands.”

Drop-off locations are in parking lots and not inside buildings or businesses.

Among the sites:

PINELLAS COUNTY

Westfield Countryside mall (east side, south of Lifestyles Fitness Center), 27001 U.S. 19 N., Clearwater

Kenneth City Police Department, 4600 58th St. N.

Walgreens, 5701 Gulfport Ave., Gulfport

St. Petersburg Police Department, 1300 First Ave. N.

Pinellas Park Police Department, 7700 59th St. N.

Pinellas County Sheriff's Office, 10750 Ulmerton Road, Largo

Sweetbay, 2460 E. Bay Drive, Largo

Pinellas County Sheriff's Office North District Station, 737 Louden Ave., Dunedin

PASCO COUNTY

Pasco County Sheriff’s Office District Office, 34609 State Road 52, Dade City

Pasco County Sheriff’s Office District Office, 7432 Little Road, New Port Richey

Pasco County Sheriff’s Office District Office, 11530 Trinity Blvd. Trinity

HILLSBOROUGH COUNTY

Sweetbay, 15692 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa

Sweetbay, 2525 N. Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa

Sweetbay, 2535 E. State Road 60, Valrico

MANATEE COUNTY

Walgreens, 1455 Upper Manatee River Road, Bradenton

Walgreens, 6003 14th St. W., Bradenton

Walgreens, 5896 Cortez Road W., Bradenton

Walgreens, 930 Eighth Ave. W., Palmetto

Walgreens, 5945 U.S. 301, Ellenton

Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, 600 U.S. 301, Suite 202, Bradenton

Holmes Beach Police Department, 5801 Marina Drive

POLK COUNTY

Winter Haven Police Department, 190 N. Seminole Ave.

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