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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will be Saturday

Thursday, April 26, 2012

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Sgt. A.C. Henley (right) puts together the lid for the Drug Take-back box while Public Safety Officer Zak Haskin pins a poster to the box at Sikeston Department of Public Safety. Sikeston DPS, along with Super D in Sikeston, will serve as drop-off points for unwanted or unused prescription drugs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. Leonna Heuring, Staff
SIKESTON -- Anyone with unwanted or outdated prescription drugs will be able to turn them over to federal drug agents this weekend in the fourth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

The Sikeston Department of Public Safety, along with Super D at 702 N. Main St. in Sikeston, will serve as drop off points from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.

"We're going to have one of our officers in our lobby, and Super D is going to have a drop-off box behind the counter," said Lt. Jim McMillen, public information officer for Sikeston DPS,

McMillen said medicines collected are turned over to the DEA, which destroys it.

"A lot of medicines have been collected through the Take-Back," McMillen said, adding he's been surprised by the large amounts dropped off at the previous Take-Back days.

The Drug Enforcement Administration says three previous Take-Back days resulted in nearly 1 million pounds of prescription drugs turned in.

Pharmacist Richard Logan of Charleston said the DEA sponsors the Take-Back events in response to public safety and public health issues.

"Several years ago there were a lot of stories about findings of drugs in well water and underground water and them hitting the water supply. The DEA looked for ways to address that, and the Drug Take-Back is to help keep medications out of landfills and disposed of properly by making sure they get incinerated (burned) and not in the water supply."

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