CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Several law enforcement agencies in the Heartland partnered with the Drug Enforcement Agency in a Prescription Drug Disposal event Saturday, October 26 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In Jackson, Mo., residents could take medications for disposal to the police department at 525 South Hope Street. It was a drive-thru event. Nearly 200 pounds of pills were collected Saturday in Jackson. Officials say the total surpassed the Drug Take Back program in April when they collected 122 pounds.
In Carbondale, Ill., people took expired or unwanted medications to the Carbondale Public Safety Center at 501 South Washington Street.
In West Frankfort, Ill., they took medications to the police department at 201 East Nolen Street.
Residents in Saline County, Ill. took their expired or unwanted prescription medications to the Saline County Courthouse parking lot.
Last April, Americans turned in 371 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners.
The initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. The DEA said medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.
In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines - flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash - both pose potential safety and health hazards.