Drug take-back day across Tampa Bay - FOX 13 News

Drug take-back day across Tampa Bay

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CLEARWATER (FOX 13) -

They work quickly collecting bags and boxes full of medication.

"It is amazing when you just see people coming in here with dozens and dozens of containers," said Clearwater Public Safety spokesman Rob Shaw.

In under four hours Clearwater police filled more than 17 large containers.

They say national "Take Back Day" gives people a safe way to get rid of their medications.

Officers properly dispose of the drugs, making sure they stay out of the wrong hands.

"Sometimes when we have burglaries these days they're breaking in to get medications," said Shaw.

Just about any medicine you can name ended up in the boxes.

"We have Sulfate capsules, Vitamin C, Oxycodone and Potassium pills," said police volunteer Penny Dobson.

Margie Desh rode her scooter to drop off unused medication.

"I just accumulated a couple years worth. I've been waiting for this," said Desh.

She brought the whole families unused pills.

"My mom's old blood pressure medication, my husband's old medication, my son's old medication," she said.

She knows by turning them in, she is doing the right thing.

"You don't want it to get taken," Desh said. "If somebody over dosed on blood pressure medication that would not be a good thing."

Clearwater police collected 619 pounds of pills.

You can still turn in medications to their offices at 645 South Pierce Street.

They have a bin that is assessable 24 hours to the public.

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