Operation Medicine Cabinet nets hundreds of pounds of prescription drugs for disposal listen04/29/13 SeÃ¡n Kinane
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Tampa Bay area residents turned in hundreds of pounds of unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday.
Rich Mills is a sergeant with Tampa Police Department.
He oversaw the Operation Medicine Cabinet collection at a Sweetbay Supermarket on North Dale Mabry Hwy.
The Hillsborough County Sheriffâ€™s Office said at two locations they collected 74 boxes â€“ about 1300 pounds â€“ of unwanted drugs, almost double what they collected last September.
The take-back initiative was also supported by the Hillsborough County Anti-Drug Alliance.
The Sheriff's office said collecting the unused and expired medications "prevents potentially dangerous drugs from getting into the wrong hands."