DEA offers 'Operation Medicine Cabinet"

MANATEE — You can turn in expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs — no questions asked — Saturday as part of an event coordinated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Among local participants in “Operation Medicine Cabinet, Prescription Drug Take-Back Day” are the Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, New College of Florida and the University of South Florida Sarasota-Manatee, officials said.

More than 3,400 sites nationwide will be open that day as part of the effort to prevent increased pill abuse and theft, according to the DEA website, The website also lists collection sites.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., government, community, public health and law enforcement officials will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction, officials said, emphasizing the service is free and anonymous.

“This important national initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue,” said Lt. Mike Kessie, of the New College Police Department.

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