The Hazelwood Police Department (HPD) is joining forces with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and thousands of other law enforcement agencies across the country for the 14th Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Sat., April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
HPD Officers are asking residents to drive up to City Hall, 415 Elm Grove Lane, that day and go behind the building to the Police Station. The entrance is under a green awning that says, Police Department. A Police Officer and HPD Volunteers will be out front accepting Rx drug drop-offs. Residents won’t need to get out of their vehicles. Please remember that needles, inhalers and epi pens will not be accepted.
Americans nationwide did their part last time to reduce the opioid crisis by bringing in a record-setting 912,305 pounds — 456 tons — of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs from their homes. This is almost six tons more than was collected at last spring’s event. This brings the total amount of prescription drugs collected by DEA and its supporters since the fall of 2010 to 9,015,668 pounds, or 4,508 tons.
This April 28 event comes on the heels of President Donald Trump’s announcement to mobilize his Administration to address drug addiction and opioid abuse by directing the declaration of a Nationwide Public Health Emergency to address the opioid crisis.
“According to the statistics that we have, more people start down the path of addiction through the misuse of opioid prescription drugs than any other substance. The abuse of these medications has fueled the nation’s opioid epidemic, which has led to the highest rate of overdose deaths this country has ever seen,” Hazelwood Police Chief Gregg Hall said. “The best way to stop this epidemic from getting further out of control is to educate residents about the potential harm of leaving expired and unused prescription drugs around the house for family members, friends or visitors to access.”
For more information on the Hazelwood Police Department’s participation in Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on April 28, contact Sgt. Ken Eckardt, Supervisor Special Operations Group, at (314) 513-5208.