September 24, 2010
Jefferson City, Mo. - Attorney General Chris Koster said today that Missouri will join the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and other members of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) for the first national Prescription Drug "Take-back" Day tomorrow, September 25. The DEA is leading this collaborative effort with community groups, public health organizations, and law enforcement authorities to collect expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
"Consumers often find their medicine cabinets filled with outdated, unused prescription drugs," Koster said. "While these drugs are effective when used as directed in a timely fashion, they can be harmful or even deadly when used incorrectly or abused. By turning in old medications so they can be safely destroyed, Missourians can help keep these drugs from falling into the wrong hands."
Koster said the initiative addresses the safety, public health, and environmental concerns that unused prescription drugs pose to Americans. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are increasing at alarming rates, as well as the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Many consumers do not know how to properly dispose of unused prescription drugs, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away - both are hazardous to the environment. The disposal of controlled substances - opioids for example - is particularly problematic because of the risk that they will be diverted to the black market. The National Drug "Take-back" Day offers a free and anonymous solution to promote the safe disposal of unused prescription drugs.
In addition to NAAG, other national participants are the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy; the Partnership for a Drug-Free America; the International Association of Chiefs of Police; the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy; the Federation of State Medical Boards; and the National District Attorneys Association.
For information about drop-off locations in your state, visit www.dea.gov.