CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - In the midst of a worsening opioid crisis, Southeast Missouri State university is reminding the community about a prescription drug drop box available on campus.
The box was installed on campus last September in the lobby of the Department of Public Safety, located in front of the Show Me Center on Sprigg Street.
Unwanted, expired, or unused medications can be anonymously placed in the drop box. Once in the box, only law enforcement has access to the disposed prescriptions.
According to the university, 22 pounds of medications were dropped into the box from Sept. 19 through Oct. 27, 2018.
“We are thrilled to know that the permanent prescription drop box is being utilized on SEMO’s campus," said Cassie Talley, project coordinator. “DPS is an excellent location for the drop box, especially for SEMO employees, students, their families and friends to use throughout the school year.”
The medications were taken to the police department as part of the National Drug Take Back Day last fall.
The box isn’t only for students but available for anyone’s use.
“As the opioid crisis continues to grow in epidemic proportions, it is now more important than ever to clean out and inventory any unused prescription medicine in your cabinets to ensure medications do not fall into the wrong hands,” said Brett Main of Southeast’s Department of Public Safety. “Too often, people believe that drug misuse or abuse will not happen within their families or friend circles; however, it is important to remember that it only takes one time to be a deadly mistake. Please take advantage of the free drug drop box and dispose of any unused or unwanted medications to help prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths.”
The Partnership for Success grant from the Southeast Prevention Resource Center funded the box. Along with the new Southeast drop off box, there are nine other boxes around the Southeast, Missouri area:
- Bollinger County Sheriff’s Office
- Cape Girardeau Police Department
- Cape Girardeau Sheriff’s Department
- Jackson Police Department
- Fredericktown Police Department
- Perry County Sheriff’s Office
- Perryville Police Department
- Sainte Genevieve County Sheriff’s Office
- Scott County Sheriff’s Office
The next National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is on Saturday, April 27.
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