As the country continues to deal with the current opioid epidemic, studies show that much of the abused and abused prescription medication comes from the Family Medicine Cabinet.
The Drug Enforcement Agency / St. Louis Division has teamed with more than 400 local and state law enforcement agencies to provide people with a free, simple and anonymous way to get rid of their expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
Several regional agencies will participate in the National Drug Take Back This year and most will gather all year round.
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Farmington police chief Rick Baker said they also attend, but they participate year-round by accepting unwanted medications at any time.
"We always take the drug back, we're one of the pick-up points," Baker said. "If anyone has something he wants to bring to us, take it to the police department and we'll take care of it."
Baker emphasized that they do not take needles or liquids but accept pills and capsules. Desloge police chief James Bullock said that they take prescription drugs year-round. The departments also do not accept needles, inhalers or illicit drugs
"Only prescription drugs are accepted," Bullock said. "Regardless of how they came across the drugs, we'll get rid of them – no questions asked – they'll get it to us and then the DEA will pick them up to be destroyed."
Bullock added that she was in Parkland Health Mart will be behind Jack in the Box at Desloge from 10:00 to 14:00. Drug Recovery Event
The Terre Du Lac Police Department will also collect unwanted medicines on Saturday. They also collect all year round.
The other police departments that accept medication throughout the year include the Sheriff Department of St. Francois County and the Bismarck, Bonne Terre, Leadington, and Leadwood Police Departments. The Washington County Sheriff's Department has a prescription drug drop box at the sheriff's office year-round. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
This will be the 15th opportunity in seven years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
The DEA can not accept liquids, needles or sharp objects. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Last fall, Americans delivered 456 tonnes of prescription drugs to more than 5300 DEA sites and nearly 4,300 of their state and local law enforcement agencies. In total, DEA and its partners have taken more than 9 million pounds at their 14 previous Take Back events – more than 4,500 tons of tablets.
This initiative addresses an important issue of public safety and public health. Medicines that languish in home cupboards are very susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. In the US, the rates of abuse of prescription drugs are alarmingly high, as well as the number of accidental intoxications and overdoses from these drugs.
The national study on substance abuse and health care shows that the majority of abused and abused prescription drugs are received by family and friends, including the medications of others who are stolen from the medicine chest, year after year.
In addition, Americans are cautioned that they are using their usual methods of disposing of unused medicines or throwing them in the bin – both of which pose potential safety and health risks.