ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – The special agent in charge of the federal Drug Enforcement Agency in St. Louis is asking you to clean out your medicine cabinets and bring old painkillers to Saturday’s “Take Back Event.”
“They are sometimes stolen or taken, then abused. That’s the mechanism that starts some individuals, especially teens, on a spiral towards other drug abuse,” says James Shroba.
Shroba adds, “Every 14 minutes in this country someone dies of a drug overdose. The majority of those deaths are from prescription painkillers.”
The event is from 10am-2pm on October 26. To find your closest drop-off point, click here and then click on the “Got Drugs?” icon.
Shroba hopes this year’s event is as successful in the metro area as last year’s was, “Individuals came forward with more than 16,000 pounds of unwanted prescriptions. In the St. Louis division (5 1/3 states) there was 67,000 pounds.”
This will be the DEA’s seventh time for a take-back, and each one has had more participation than the previous.
The collection is not limited to painkillers. Any types of prescription drugs will be accepted, no questions asked.