Successful drug take-back event
(pictured at right: Sandy Bell from the Ste. Genevieve County Health Department and Jeff McCarty from the Ste. Genevieve County Sheriff's Department.
The Ste. Genevieve Community Services Forum and the Bloomsdale Pharmacy held a very successful drug take back event April 29, taking in over 12,500 pills.
The event provides a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse and medications.
The program also aims to combat the abuse or misuse of potentially dangerous medicines that have expired or are no longer needed by those for whom these controlled substances were prescribed. In addition to concerns of potential poisoning, abuse or overdose, it also is important environmentally that medicines be disposed in a proper manner rather than simply being thrown into garbage, flushed away, or poured down drains, as they could contaminate water supplies and cause an environmental hazard.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prescription drug abuse is an emerging public health issue and the nation’s fastest-growing drug problem.
Unused or expired prescription drugs can be dropped off at the Ste. Genevieve Sheriff’s Department 24/7 for incineration. Liquids, such as expired cough medicine, can also be dropped off, but residents are asked to leave them at the department's front desk instead of in the drop box. Residents also inquired about the disposal of sharps and inhalers, both of which can be taken to the Ste. Genevieve County Health Department for disposal.