Today's Medication Take-Back Event Succeeds
Nearly 70 pounds of unwanted or extra drugs and medicinal items were collected today by local police teams on behalf of Wildwood and Clarkson Valley.
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One Wildwood resident, Mrs. Robson, made two trips to the Nov. 6 , Medication Take-Back program today.
In less than 30 seconds, people could drop off unused or unwanted drugs and medicinal products today as part of the Drug Take-Back event managed by police teams from Wildwood and Clarkson Valley. The effort was held in conjunction with an overall, local intiative by Rockwood Drug-Free Coalition members.At the semi-final count today, exactly 66 pounds of drugs were turned in by Wildwood and area residents at the collection point in the Fru-Con building near the intersection of Clarkson and Clayton Roads.Some donors came just after the closing at 1 p.m., so the poundage collected was actually more. "Today's collection was down a little bit, compared to previous ones, but we hope that's a positive thing because it would mean less unwanted drugs are out circulating," said Thom Taylor, St. Louis County Police Department, West County Precinct neighborhood policing officer, Clarkson Valley.Taylor said that while they prepped three boxes today, they collected 17 boxes worth of items during their first Drug Take-Back day.He said they recently streamlined the turn-in process, so that people no longer had to provide their names when dropping off items, and they no longer had to count each pill. "We just weigh it all now," he said.Taylor said they did have to turn down doctors before, who had large supplies of extra medical samples, due to how long it would take to break apart each blister pack and count each pill.Capt. Kenneth Williams, St. Louis County Police, Wildwood precinct commander, said they would properly dispose of all medicines collected today through an incineration process that destroys all components."We recycle the plastic and packing boxes, and as much as we can, but everything else goes to a special incinerator," Williams said.One donor from Wildwood, Mrs. Robson, said it was her second trip of the day to drop off medications. She brought click injectors during the second time, which are used in the treatment of arthritis. "This is a great service," Robson said. "Some of the items I turned today are dated from 1992."Another Wildwood resident, Gary Ingersoll, took advantage of the take-back program for the first time today. "This is really handy, and I'm glad they had it," he said.