St. Louis County Police are offering to help with spring cleaning.
Saturday, police and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) are hosting a prescription drug take-back day.
The previous Saturday, Chesterfield collected many pounds of prescription drugs from residents during Earth Day events in Central Park, according to city Councilmember Randy Logan. The collecting was included as part of drive-thru recycling.
So if you found more medication or forgot last weekend, to dispose of old or unwanted prescription medication this coming Saturday, drop it off at the Clarkson Valley county police substation, 15933 Clayton Road, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
“It can be anything from over-the-counter drugs like Claritin,” said County Officer Mike Schira. “If people are cleaning out their medicine cabinet and want to get rid of heart, pain medication or anything at all, we’ll take it.”
Police said this day is especially helpful for the elderly, who can safely dispose of their medication instead of throwing it in the trash.
“It lessens the risk or chance of somebody getting in there and taking it, especially a child,” Schira said.
Chesterfield officials pointed out that collecting the drugs keeps them out of the wastewater stream since people may flush them down a toliet to get rid of them.
The collecting is anonymous, and police said they ask no questions.
Other locations include the North County Recreation Complex (2577 Redman Road), the Mehlville substation, and the Fenton precinct (625 New Smizer Mill Road.)
Chesterfield Patch Editor Jean Whitney contributed to this.