SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) - The Sikeston Department of Public Safety announced on Wednesday that it has been awarded a grant from CVS/pharmacy to install a Drug Collection Unit.
The new unit will be in the front lobby at Sikeston DPS headquarters, 201 S. Kingshighway, and will provide residents with safe and environmentally responsible way to dispose of unwanted, unused or expired medication, including controlled substances.
It is intended to reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in residents' homes and decrease prescription drug abuse, which has soared in recent years, especially among teenagers.
According to a 2014 Partnership for Drug-free Kids study, more than 70 percent of teenagers say it is easy to get prescription drugs from their parents' medicine cabinets.
"This medication drop box has already been extensively used and we thank CVS/pharmacy for their commitment to help residents reduce the amount of unneeded medicine in our community," said Capt. J. McMillen.
Sikeston's new Drug Collection Unit site is open to the public 24 hours a day and seven days a week. They say drugs can be dropped off with no questions asked.