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National Prescription Drug Take Back Day in the Bay area

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The Clearwater Police Department in conjunction with theDrug Enforcement Agency (DEA), other law enforcement agencies and partnering businesses is participating in National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday, April 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Sponsors say the event is an opportunity for citizens to safely discard unused or expired prescription medications, with no questions asked.

Citizens can stop by Westfield Countryside Mall (parking lot area south of Lifestyles Fitness Center, on the east side of theCountryside Mall) and drop off their prescription medications for safe collection and disposal. No bio-hazards or needles will be accepted and that the program is intended for private citizens of Pinellas County and not for commercial use.

"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. This service is one step in helping prevent prescription drugs from falling into the wrong hands,"said Police Chief Anthony Holloway.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses vital public safety and public health issue - the abuse of prescription drugs.Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.

The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

In Manatee County, unwanted prescription drugs can be dropped off that the following locations:

Walgreens
1455 Upper Manatee River Rd., Bradenton

6003 14th St. W, Bradenton

5896 Cortez Rd. W, Bradenton

930 8th Ave. W, Palmetto

5945 U.S. 301, Ellenton

 

Westfield Countryside Mall (between Lifestyle Gym & JC Penney's)

 

Law Enforcement Agencies
 

-Manatee Co. Sheriff's Office

600 U.S. Highway 301 Blvd. Suite 202, Bradenton

-Holmes Beach Police Dept.

5801 Marina Dr., Holmes Beach

-Kenneth City Police Department

4600 58th Street North, Kenneth City (Kenneth City Police Department) -Walgreens

5701 22nd Avenue South, Gulfport, (Gulfport Police Department) -St. Petersburg Police Department

1300 1 Avenue North, St. Petersburg (St. Petersburg Police Department) Mid County Locations:

-Pinellas Park Police Department

7700 59th Street North, Pinellas Park (Pinellas Park Police Department) -Pinellas County Sheriff's Office (Sheriff's Admin Building - front lot)

10750 Ulmerton Road, Largo (Pinellas County Sheriff's Office) -Sweetbay Supermarket

2460 East Bay Drive, Largo, (Pinellas County Sheriff's Office)

-Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

737 Louden Ave., Dunedin

-Clearwater Police Department

27001 US Hwy 19 N., Clearwater

-Pinellas County Sheriff's Office

(North District Station - front parking lot)

 

 

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