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Record-setting Effort to Dispose of Unused Medication

Published on 23 June 2013

Rain did not hold back anyone in St. Louis looking to safely dispose of unwanted and expired medication. On April 27, a record 16,311 pounds of medication from the St. Louis metropolitan area was discarded as part of the St. Louis Medication Disposal Initiative.

St. Louis College of Pharmacy, the city of St. Louis, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) partnered to safely dispose of unwanted medication. During the week of April 22, students and faculty members of the College, DEA agents, and city officials reached out to the community. Disposal events were held at churches, community centers, and senior housing facilities.

This year’s collection emphasized removing unused prescription pain medications.

“Medication abuse often starts with teens 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, prescription pain medications act as a gateway to narcotics like heroin or cocaine. Removing unwanted medications from your home helps protect not only your family, but also the entire community.”

There were 97 disposal locations in the metropolitan area including four at Walgreens in the city of St. Louis. Nearly 800 pounds of medication was turned in at those four sites on April 27.  

This year’s metro-wide collection of 16,311 pounds is a 30 percent increase over last year. In the three years the Medication Disposal Initiative has been underway, the DEA has collected more than 52,000 pounds of unwanted medication in the St. Louis area. The DEA collected 742,497 pounds of medication across the country this year.

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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