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National “Drug Take-Back Day” Has Lofty Goals, High Expectations

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ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - A nationwide effort by the Drug Enforcement Administration is underway this morning to collect unwanted prescription and over-the-counter drugs.

Well over 5,000 sites have been set up across the U.S. for “National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day” according to DEA Diversion Program Manager Scott Collier.

“Anyone can bring their unwanted or expired prescription of over-the-counter medications for disposal,” Collier said. “They can toss them in a bin and the DEA will take care of incinerating those in an environmentally friendly way.”

The effort kicks off at 10:00 a.m. this morning and comes to a close around 2:00. A full list of dropoff sites can be seen here or found below.

Collier said the need for the effort is pressing as teenagers increasingly turn to prescription drug abuse.

“Teenagers tell us the most common place that they acquire prescription drugs [is] from their friends or relatives, meaning their medicine chests,” Collier said.

Saturday’s effort is the second such event since September when a collection netted more than 242,000 pounds of prescription drugs at 4,100 sites nationwide. With over 1,000 additional sites this time around, Collier expects higher figures from Saturday’s effort.

The DEA stresses that all drop-offs are done with complete confidentiality and under a “no questions asked” basis.

Dropoff locations in St. Louis include:

  • Walgreens – 1530 Lafayette
  • Walgreens – 4218 Lindell
  • Walgreens – 3720 N. Kingshighway
  • Walgreens – 3822 S. Kingshighway
  • North County Recreation Complex – 2577 Redman Rd.
  • Ladue Pharmacy – 9832 Clayton Rd.
  • Webster Groves Recreation Complex – 33 East Glendale Ave.
  • Mehlville Substation – 3229 Lemay Ferry Rd.
  • Olivette Municipal Building – 9473 Olive Blvd.
  • Sunset Hills Police Department – 3905 S. Lindbergh
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