MANATEE — Officials say piles of prescription medicines that would be worth many thousands of dollars on the illicit drug market have been safely transferred to law enforcement today at an event dubbed “Operation Medicine Cabinet.”
The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office, in partnership with Home Instead Senior Care, conducted the event and gathered from the public boxes full of prescription medicine at Westminster Towers.
Residents by the dozens dropped off boxes and bags full of unused and unwanted prescription medicine, much of which is worth a pretty penny on the street.
“We are so shocked and pleased at the turnout,” said Home Instead owner Lisa Herlache.
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Deputies received dozens of pill bottles of morphine, hydrocodone, Roxycodone, oxycodone, and dozens of other dangerous and addictive drugs if not taken properly.
Sheriff’s Lt. Lorenzo Waiters pointed to two bottles of hydrocodone turned over the sheriff’s office filled with hundreds of pills that are worth between $20 and $50 per pill on the street. He said prescription medicine over the years as become a favorite target for burglars.
“If these drugs fell into the wrong hands they could make a killing on the street,” Waiters said. “It has been busy, and that is a good thing.”