St. Louis College of Pharmacy
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Contact: Brad Brown
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Cut Down on Medication Abuse

Published on 23 June 2013

A survey by a federal government agency found that each day, nearly three thousand teenagers abuse a prescription drug for the first time. St. Louis College of Pharmacy is partnering with the City of St. Louis and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) to remove these potentially dangerous, unused, and unwanted medications from the home as part of the St. Louis Medication Disposal Initiative.

“Medication abuse often starts with teens and young adults stealing from the homes of family and friends,” says Amy Tiemeier, Pharm.D., assistant professor and director of professional affairs at St. Louis College of Pharmacy. “Unfortunately, those medications act as a gateway to narcotics like heroin or cocaine. There’s a mistaken belief among young people that because a medication is prescribed or is available over-the-counter, it is safer than street drugs. Easy access does not equate to less harm.”

On April 27, residents of the region can take unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medication to a designated disposal site. By dropping off medications, residents will ensure it stays out of the wrong hands and out of our water supply. In the city of St. Louis, unwanted medications can be disposed of at four Walgreens locations. In surrounding communities, disposal locations will be located at police stations and other community locations.

Beginning April 21, College faculty members, students, and DEA agents will visit several senior housing and recreation centers in the City of St. Louis. The College is also partnering with two churches to hold disposal events during Sunday services.

“This is a unique partnership,” Tiemeier says. “By increasing access to disposal sites, we know more medication will be turned in safely.”

The St. Louis Medication Disposal Initiative will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on April 27, 2013.

The four Walgreens disposal sites are:

4218 Lindell, St. Louis, MO 63108
3822 S. Kingshighway, St. Louis, MO 63109
1530 Lafayette, St. Louis, MO 63104
3720 N. Kingshighway, St. Louis, MO 63115

During the week of April 21, representatives from the College and the DEA will visit the following locations to offer medication disposal opportunities:

Sunday 4/21
St. Anthony of Padua Parish
3140 Meramec St., St. Louis, MO 63118

Monday 4/22
Senior Living at Cambridge Heights: McCormack Baron Ragan
728 Biddle St., St. Louis, MO 63101

Tuesday 4/23
McCormack House at Forest Park Southeast
4575 Cadet, St. Louis, MO 63110

Wednesday 4/24
Monsanto Family YMCA
5555 Page, St. Louis, MO 63112

Thursday 4/25
Wohl Recreation Center
1515 N. Kingshighway, St. Louis, MO 63113

Friday 4/26
Park Place Apartments
4399 Forest Park, St. Louis, MO 63108

About St. Louis College of Pharmacy: For more than 150 years, St. Louis College of Pharmacy has been committed to educating the best pharmacists in the United States. The region’s only independent college of pharmacy, St. Louis College of Pharmacy is the third oldest continuously operating and 10th largest college of pharmacy in America. The student body is comprised of 1,400 students, 40 percent of which are minority or multicultural. The students come to the College from 31 states and 10 countries. The College admits students directly from high school and accepts transfer students and graduates from other colleges and universities in the sophomore and junior years of the undergraduate program and the first year of the professional program. Students earn a Doctor of Pharmacy (Pharm.D.) with an integrated Bachelor of Science degree in a seven-year curriculum. An education at the College opens up the world to graduates for a career in a wide range of practice settings. Graduates have a 100 percent job placement rate. The campus is transforming to better fit the needs of students, faculty, and staff. This summer, a new six-story, 213,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art academic and research building opened. Construction is underway for a seven-story student center, residence hall, and recreation facility scheduled for completion in December 2016. When not in class, students can participate in more than 60 organizations, fraternities, intramurals, and sports. The College competes in 12 NAIA Division I sports. College alumni practice throughout the nation and in 13 different countries, providing a strong network to assist students with their goals. Additional information is available at stlcop.edu.

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