The Florissant Police Department will join more than 4,000 other law enforcement agencies from across the country for this year’s National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
In Florissant, you can anonymously drop off expired, unused and unwanted prescription medications at the Florissant Police Department, according to a release from the police.
Mayor Tom Schneider urged residents Monday night to get rid of their old or unused prescription drugs safely this way instead of possibly polluting the waterways.
National Take-Back Drug events have been embraced in communities across the country. For example, on the most recent one on April 28, a record-breaking 552,161 pounds of unwanted or expired medications were turned in across the country.
In the U.S. alone, more than 15 million people abuse prescription drugs, a total that surpasses the combined number who report using cocaine, methamphetamines, and heroin.
Disposing of unused medicines by flushing them down the toilet has the potential of poisoning the city’s clean water systems.
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