On Saturday, October 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Lake Saint Louis Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public its 16th opportunity in 7 years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to the Lake Saint Louis Civic Center, at 200 Civic Center Drive. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last spring, Americans turned in 474.5 tons (949,046 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and 4,683 of its state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, in its 15 previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in almost 10 million pounds – more than 4,900 tons – of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose, and abuse. In addition, unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold. Unused drugs that are flushed contaminate the water supply. Proper disposal of unused drugs saves lives and protects the environment.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 27 Take Back Day event, go to www.takebackday.dea.gov.