Education, treatment and enforcement are the three elements of action now underway to address the prescription drug problem in our community.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office has taken aggressive measures to investigate and arrest those who illegally sell or obtain prescription drugs. The Sheriff’s Narcotics’ Diversion Unit has been recognized statewide and nationally for its enforcement efforts. Partnerships with state and federal investigators have been very effective in curtailing the illegal sale of prescription drugs. Locally, the Diversion Unit has established drop-off locations for unused or out of date prescription drugs as part of the Operation Medicine Cabinet program.

This web page provides information on the signs of abuse, overdose and links to treatment resources, especially the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association."

We are also involved in a number of community partnerships; with NOPE, Live Free, local pharmacists and physicians to provide information to citizens and caregivers about the proper dispensing and disposing of prescription drugs. Education programs associated with NOPE and Live Free are presented to local schools and community groups on a continuing basis.

Treatment is a critical element of this equation. This web page provides information on the signs of abuse, overdose and links to treatment resources, especially the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association.

pills
The illegal prescribing and sales of prescription drugs, and drug abuse is a challenge that affects our entire community. By applying pressure through enforcement, and by providing resources for education and treatment, the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office is “Leading The Way For A Safer Pinellas”.

 


Find an Operation Medicine Cabinet® Drop-Box

Have unused or expired prescription medication? Find where to safely dispose of it:
    OMC

Need help now?

Has someone overdosed or abused prescription drugs?

  • In an emergency, call 9-1-1.
  • For crisis intervention, call Tampa Bay Cares at 2-1-1.
  • Operation PAR offers addiction and mental health services. Call their 24-Hour Helpline: 1-888-727-6398
  • For a treatment center, contact the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) at: 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
Get the facts.
  • 7 Floridians die every day from prescription medication abuse...that's 5 times as many deaths as from all illegal drugs.
  • In 2008, more Floridians died from medication poisoning than from car crashes.
What can you do?

Our Partners

PCSOLiveFree!   NOPE   Pinellas County Gov FL Attorney General