Drug Take Back and Free Disposal on Sept. 29 in Cape Girardeau

Bring unused or expired medications to either the Jackson or Cape Girardeau police departments on Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This is a great opportunity to safely dispose of potentially dangerous medications.

“This is the third year we have conducted this program, and we try to do three to four times a year,” said Cape Girardeau Police Department Lieutenant Rick Price. “It’s a national effort to stop children and teenagers from obtaining this medication from their parents’ and grandparents’ medicine cabinets for illegal use or sale to other people.”

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources also warns that improper drug disposal is bad for our water and environment.

On April 28, citizens turned in a record-breaking 552,161 pounds (276 tons) of unwanted or expired medications for safe and proper disposal at the 5,659 take-back sites across the United States. If anyone has any questions or wants to find out the nearest collection site, go to www.dea.gov, or call (800) 882-9539.