Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office Undercover Officer’s Cases
|8 cases||54 cases|
|4 cases||4 cases|
Note: These data only pertain to the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office and do not reflect efforts by other local law enforcement agencies.
2009 – 2010 Comparison of Cases/Arrests/Charges for Prescription Drugs Narcotics Division, Strategic Diversion Unit
- From 2009 to 2010, the amount of arrests by the Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office increased by 56.8%.
- From 2009 to 2010, the amount of Doctor Shopping increased by 84.5%.
SOURCE: Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office
Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office, Narcotics Division
Diversion Related Statistics: January 1 – December 31, 2011
The table below shows diversion charges for 2011.
|Obtain/Att Obtain by Fraud||563|
Due to changes in operations, the Strategic Enforcement Section began conducting Diversion Task Force days focusing on pharmacies and clinics.
The following table shows the number of offenses, field interview reports (FIR), and citations on “SES Days” for 2011.
The following table shows the number of arrests and the number of subjects contacted during a field interview report (FIR) on “SES Days” for 2011.
Operation Medicine Cabinet–Prescription Drug Take Back Data
According to the Partnership for a Drug-Free America, approximately 2,500 teens every day try prescription drugs for the first time to get high and, according to a 2009 SAMHSA report, nearly 70 percent of those users obtain prescription drugs from the family medicine cabinet or friends. In an effort to help combat prescription drug misuse and abuse, local and state law enforcement agencies have created take-back programs to remove unwanted drugs from households.
Since May 2009, there has been a total of 10,828.5 pounds of prescription medication collected during collections events and at Operation Medicine Cabinet drop boxes within the community. The following table shows the event date and total pounds of medication collected.
Pinellas County Prescription Drug Take Back Day (Operation Medicine Cabinet) Medications Collected by Law Enforcement
|Date of Take Back day||Amount of Medications Collected|
|TOTAL TO DATE (January 2013):||6,043.7 pounds|
|May 30, 2009||600 Pounds|
|November 14, 2009||425 Pounds|
|May 15, 2010||781 Pounds|
|August 21, 2010||827.8 Pounds|
|April 30, 2011||776.8 Pounds|
|August 27, 2011||1038.1 pounds|
|April 28, 2012||758.2 pounds|
|September 29, 2012||846.8 pounds|
The following table shows the total pounds collected at each drop box location for September as well as a year to date (YTD) total and total pounds collected since the drop box was established.