Medication Disposal Initiative
For many people, once their medications are expired or no longer needed, bottles begin to collect on the shelves of their medicine cabinets. While seemingly harmless, consider the following: the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from friends and family and often come from home medicine cabinets.
So this problem can be solved by throwing unused and expired medications in the trash, right? Wrong. Changing the location of these sometimes toxic medications does not change their accessibility. In fact, for those looking to abuse medications or for curious children and pets, the trash can may be an ideal, unmonitored location. OK, then people can simply flush them down the toilet, right? Not unless you want medications to show up in your water supply and the environment. So how do we dispose of unused and expired medications?
St. Louis College of Pharmacy (STLCOP), the City of St. Louis, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are partnering to allow residents to drop-off expired and unused prescription and over-the-counter medications at sites throughout the region, including four Walgreens locations in the city of St. Louis. Details are as follows:
DATE: Saturday, April 27, 2013
TIME: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
LOCATION: Visit the DEA's Web site for drop-off locations near you.
Walgreens disposal sites:
4218 Lindell, St. Louis, MO 63108;
3822 S. Kingshighway, St. Louis, MO 63109;
1530 Lafayette, St. Louis, MO 63104; and
3720 N. Kingshighway, St. Louis, MO 63115
Learn more about how to dispose of medications safely by exploring our web resources below. Questions? E-mail email@example.com.
* Events being held in St. Louis will help citizens to safely dispose of their unused and expired medications.
FIND YOUR NEAREST DEA COLLECTION SITE (click on "collection site locator")
* Each day, 2,700 teenagers abuse a prescription drug for the first time. Protect your family.
* By turning unused and expired medications in, you are helping to make your community safer.
* Pharmaceutics enter our wastewater from a variety of sources, including the flushing of medications. Help keep them out of the environment.