The Drug Enforcement Administration will host its 22nd National Prescription Drug Take Back Day Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The bi-annual event offers free, anonymous disposal of unneeded medications at more than 4,000 local drop-off locations nationwide to help prevent addiction and reduce overdose deaths.
More than 230 police departments within DEA St. Louis Division are hosting collection sites in April. The public can drop off potentially dangerous prescription medications at the lobby of the Carbondale Police Department, located at 501 South Washington Street, Saturday from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.
DEA’s St. Louis Division, which includes the states of Missouri and Kansas, as well as southern Illinois, collected a total of 37,189 pounds Oct. 23 last year.
On Saturday, DEA and its law enforcement partners will collect tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs. Liquids (including intravenous solutions), syringes and other sharps, and illicit drugs will not be accepted. DEA will accept vaping devices and cartridges provided lithium batteries are removed.
A location finder and partner toolbox are available at www.DEATakeBack.com for easy reference to Saturday’s collection sites.