On Thursday, the Narcotics Overdose Prevention and Education program hosted a candlelight vigil remembering those who have lost their lives to drug overdoses and those who are struggling with their battles with addiction. The evening was also one of hope. I was grateful to share the efforts that we have taken in all levels of government to protect Floridians from prescription drug abuse.
A perfect example of the collaboration among government entities to fight this problem is today's roundtable discussion and announcement. I joined federal, state and local partners who are committed to fighting prescription drug abuse for a roundtable discussion. Afterwards, United States Attorney General Eric Holder, Drug Enforcement Administration Administrator Michele M. Leonhart, United States Attorney of the Middle District of Florida Robert O'Neill and others announced that 22 people have been arrested as a result of Operation Pill Nation II.
The cases announced today were investigated by the DEA; the Tampa Police Department; the Manatee County, Fla., Sheriff's Office; the Lakeland, Fla., Police Department; the Pinellas County, Fla., Sheriff's Office; the New Port Richey, Fla., Police Department; the Naples, Fla., Police Department; the Fort Myers, Fla., Police Department; the Hillsborough County, Fla., Sheriff's Office; and the Florida Department of Law Enforcement. The cases are being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorneys for the Middle District of Florida.
We will continue these efforts to protect Floridians. Public awareness is a key component in prevention. Tomorrow, the DEA is hosting National Drug Take-Back Day. I encourage those of you who have unnecessary prescription drugs in your homes to take them to a nearby location so they can be disposed of properly. Please visit MyFloridaLegal.com and click on the banner to find locations.