Operation Medicine Cabinet nets hundreds of pounds of prescription drugs for disposal

04/29/13 Seán 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 Sheriff’s Office said at two locations they collected 74 boxes – about 1300 pounds – 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."

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