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2013 Press Releases
BayCare Behavioral Health, Pasco County Sheriff's Office Partner on Pill Drop Event
NEW PORT RICHEY, Fla., (July 23, 2013) - As part of its commitment to improving the health of the local community, BayCare Behavioral Health and Morton Plant North Bay Hospital are partnering with the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office and the Alliance for Substance Abuse Prevention (ASAP) to host a free Pill Drop Event where members of the community can drop off unused or expired medications for safe disposal.

The Pill Drop Event is planned for 9 a.m. to noon on Saturday Aug. 17, 2013, at the Morton Plant North Bay Hospital parking lot, 6600 Madison Ave., New Port Richey.

The following items will be accepted at the Pill Drop, which is being offered as a free service to the community:
– Expired or unwanted prescriptions and medicine
– Vitamins and herbals
– Veterinary medications
– Over-the-counter medications
– Sharps that are contained in the normal household containers

Pill Drop events provide a safe, convenient, responsible, and environmentally safe means of disposal, while also raising awareness about the potential for abuse of these medications. No personal information will be requested from individuals who are disposing of medications.

In 2011, two thirds of teens got prescription medications to use recreationally from family and friends, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

Twenty-two percent of high school seniors report that they have misused a prescription medication, according to the Monitoring the Future survey.

About BayCare Behavioral Health
As part of BayCare Health System, a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area, BayCare Behavioral Health is committed to clinical excellence, innovation, and access to a continuum of recovery-focused therapeutic services. Care options include: inpatient; outpatient; early intervention and prevention; an employee and student assistance program; and case management services. Convenient treatment sites are located throughout the Tampa Bay area. On the web: and follow the behavioral health link.

About Morton Plant North Bay Hospital
Established in 1965, Morton Plant North Bay Hospital is a 154-bed facility committed to improving the health of everyone it serves. Morton Plant North Bay has received the Gold Seal of ApprovalTM for Primary Stroke Care from the Joint Commission. Morton Plant North Bay Hospital is located at 6600 Madison St., New Port Richey, Fla.

About BayCare Health System
BayCare Health System is a leading community-based health system in the Tampa Bay area. Composed of a network of 10 not-for-profit hospitals, outpatient facilities and services such as imaging, lab, behavioral health and home health care, BayCare provides expert medical care throughout a patient’s lifetime. With more than 200 access points conveniently located throughout Tampa Bay, BayCare connects patients to a complete range of preventive, diagnostic and treatment services for any health care need.

BayCare’s family of hospitals are: Mease Countryside, Mease Dunedin, Morton Plant, Morton Plant North Bay, St. Anthony’s, St. Joseph’s, St. Joseph’s Children’s, St. Joseph’s Hospital-North, St. Joseph’s Women’s, and South Florida Baptist. For more information, visit BayCare on the Web at


Beth Hardy
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Lisa Creswell
(727) 461-8538, Phone
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