The Hazelwood Police Department (HPD) will be partnering with the DEA and other state/local law enforcement agencies for a national Take-Back Drug Day on Sat., Oct. 27, from 10 am to 2 pm. The drop-off location will be at HPD’s station behind City Hall, 415 Elm Grove Lane, under the green POLICE canopy.
This is a great opportunity for local residents to rid their medicine cabinets of expired, unwanted or unused prescription medications. Keeping
pill bottles around the bathroom and kitchen can often tempt family members to try them and get addicted to them. The event will help draw national attention to the growing problem of opioid drug abuse as well.
No questions will be asked when residents drop off their meds. The program is anonymous. Additionally, none of the prescriptions will be inventoried, counted or logged in. All material turned in will be incinerated.
Those who bring medications to Hazelwood’s collection point will be given a flyer about NOCO Cares, a program offered by the City’s Fire Department. Capt. Veronica Dolan, Paramedic/SURRT Coordinator, has made Hazelwood the first fire service agency in North County to launch such a program for patients who may be struggling with substance abuse.
For those who sign up for NOCO Cares, Dolan provides free assistance in expediting their assessment or admission into a treatment center. She also gives them a folder containing brochures on rehabilitation facilities, a Narcotics Anonymous Meeting Directory, listing of Opioid treatment sites and several brochures. A red bag is given as well which includes a rescue kit containing (2) 4-mg doses of NARCAN in nasal spray and a one-way valve to give rescue breathes.
Any solid dosage of pharmaceutical products (tablets, capsules, etc.) in consumer containers will be accepted. Small (pint size) bottles of cough syrups may be dropped off if they are sealed in their original container. Donors must ensure that the cap is tightly sealed to prevent leakage.
DO NOT DROP OFF the following: EPI’s; Inhalers; Syringes; and Needles. These items may be contaminated due to potential hazards posed by blood-born pathogens. Plus, they are combustible when incinerated.
For more information, contact Sgt. Ken Eckardt, HPD’s Sergeant of the Neighborhood Action Team, at (314) 513-5208 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.