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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

St. Louis DEA: Give Us Your Pills, Pretty Please

Posted By on Wed, Sep 22, 2010 at 9:30 AM

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Remember a few months back when you went to the dentist/doctor for something really serious and ended up with an entire bottle of super-potent painkillers?

You took a few of the magic pills and your brain and body were blissfully bathed in euphoric opiate relief. Then you got better and the half-empty (or was it half-full?) pill bottle languished in your medicine cabinet for the next few months. Now you glance at the opaque orange plastic container as you reach for the toothpaste or maybe pop one or two and wash them down with a vodka tonic after a long day at work.

Sound familiar? If so, the St. Louis branch of the DEA would like you to hand over those unused pills ASAP 'cause that is not what your doctor intended when he illegibly scribbled his signature on your prescription.

This Saturday, the narcs and several local police departments are participating in a "National Prescription Drug Take-Back" campaign.

A press release says the event will, "provide a safe way for Americans to dispose of their unwanted prescription drugs," and notes that, "many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse."

Then again, they also say, "rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates," so "many Americans" must be aware that their pills will get them high.

Here's a list of the local pill drop-off sites, open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday, September 25. The service is, "free and anonymous, no questions asked."

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