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National Rx Take Back Day scheduled

The National Rx Take Back Day takes place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, April 27 at the following police departments:

• Cottleville, 5490 Fifth St.

• County Sheriff’s Office, 300 N. Second St.

• Lake Saint Louis, 200 Civic Center Drive

• O’Fallon, 1019 Bryan Road

• St. Charles County, 101 Sheriff Dierker Court, O’Fallon

• St. Peters, 1020 Grand Teton Drive

• Wentzville, 1019 Schroeder Creek Blvd.

This free event is open to the public and sponsored by area police departments and the U.S. Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Agency.

Over-the-counter medications will not be accepted or allowed at the event and no medications will be accepted before 10 a.m. or after 2 p.m. at all.

Intravenous solutions, injectables and needles will not be accepted. Illegal substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not part of this program.

All prescription medications will be accepted with no questions asked. To remain anonymous, remove identifying information from prescription medicine container labels before disposal. Tightly seal the cap on liquid products, such as cough syrup.

Unused prescription medications are a risk to public health and safety and are a potential source for illegal use. The safe disposal of unused medicine eliminates the possibility of drugs getting into the wrong hands and causing harm.

The St. Charles collection sites are just a few taking part in the National Rx Take Back program, which has documented success not just in the greater St. Louis region, but across the entire state of Missouri. For example, at the conclusion of the April 2018 drop-off event, an estimated 411,639 pounds of prescription medication was collected, according to Drug Enforcement Administration’s official website. By comparison, the state of New York dropped off 568,701 lbs., and the state of California disposed of a total 890,133 lbs. of medication. Other states like Florida trailed Missouri with an estimated 305,891 lbs. Also in April 2018, the state of Missouri had about 225 collection sites and recruited over 173 officers to participate for one of the highest participation rates in the entire country.

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