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AG Schmitt Reminds Missourians of Drug Take Back Day

Oct 24, 2019, 15:06 PM by AG Schmitt
Jefferson City, Mo. - Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is reminding Missourians of National Drug Take Back Day, which will take place this Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at locations across the state. Attorney General staff will be on hand to help at locations in Kansas City and St. Louis.

Jefferson City, Mo. - Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt is reminding Missourians of National Drug Take Back Day, which will take place this Saturday, October 26, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at locations across the state. Attorney General staff will be on hand to help at locations in Kansas City and St. Louis. 

“The sad truth of many stories of addiction and loss begin with unused prescription drugs falling into the wrong hands - teens or unauthorized users find unused prescription drugs in medicine cabinets,” said Attorney General Schmitt. “Drug take back day serves as a way for citizens to anonymously and safely dispose of their unwanted or unused prescription drugs. If you have prescription drugs collecting dust in your medicine cabinet, be sure to stop by one of the Drug Take Back Day locations across the state and safely dispose of those medications before they fall into the wrong hands.”

According to the 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. 

National Drug Take Back Day is a nationwide program operated by the Drug Enforcement Agency and other law enforcement agencies to collect as many unused prescription drugs as possible. 

At the last Drug Take Back Day in April of this year, 6,258 sites across the country collected 937,443 pounds (468.72 Tons) of unused prescription drugs. 

Visit the DEA’s website to find the location nearest you: https://takebackday.dea.gov