County Police Want You to Give Them Your Hard-Earned Drugs For Free on Saturday

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The St. Louis County police department wants you to give them your drugs this Saturday — and they don't even intend to pay you for them.

This hare-brained scheme is a part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, an initiative that aims to trick United States citizens into giving away their hard-earned pharmaceuticals. The DEA has led the program since 2010. Its most recent Take-Back Day, held on April 29, brought in a record-setting amount of drugs — some 900,386 pounds of pills, which police would probably say has a street value of "like 10 billion dollars" — and for which law enforcement didn't even fork over a dime.

"Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands. That's dangerous and often tragic,” acting DEA administrator Chuck Rosenberg said at the time. “That's why it was great to see thousands of folks from across the country clean out their medicine cabinets and turn in — safely and anonymously — a record amount of prescription drugs."

Wrong hands = yours. Right hands = theirs, for free. Never mind the fact that you had to fall off a ladder or run out into traffic or jump out of an airplane with no chute in order to secure that bottle.

And honestly, it's not like they couldn't afford something in return. With the recent passage of Prop P, officers in the county recently got a hefty pay raise. Surely they can pay for drugs like the rest of us, right?

For those who are hell-bent on just giving away their stash, police list twelve locations where unwanted, unused or found prescription drugs can be dropped off from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday:
-North County Recreational Complex: 2577 Redman Road, St Louis MO 63136
-City of Hanley Hills Substation: 7713 Utica, Hanley Hills MO 63133
-City of Green Park City Hall: 11100 Mueller Road #2, Green Park MO 63123
-Grantwood Village City Hall: 1 Missionary Ridge, St Louis MO 63123
-Village of Marlborough City Hall: 7826 Wimbledon, Marlborough MO 63119
-South County Precinct: 324 Sappington Barracks, St Louis MO 63125
-City of Fenton Precinct Station (in Municipal Building): 625 Smizer Mill Road, Fenton MO 63026
-City of Wildwood Precinct Station (in Municipal Building): 16860 Main Street, Wildwood MO 63040
-West County Precinct: 232 Vance Road, Valley Park MO 63088
-City of Twin Oaks City Hall: 1393 Big Bend Blvd Suite F, Twin Oaks MO 63021
-City of Winchester City Hall: 109 Lindy Blvd, Winchester MO 63021
-City of Jennings Precinct: 5445 Jennings Station Road, Jennings MO 63136
We'll go ahead and add one more, since you're so interested in just handing this stuff over:
-RFT Headquarters: 308 N 21st St #300, St. Louis, MO 63103
(Just stuff everything in the mailbox; thanks.)
And a message for the DEA: If you really want free drugs, you should probably go knocking on the doors of the pharmaceutical companies. Seems like they just give this shit out to anyone who asks.

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Daniel Hill

Daniel Hill is editor at large for the Riverfront Times and he demands to be taken seriously, despite all evidence to the contrary. Follow him on Twitter at @rftmusic.
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