Prescription drop-box available for first time in St. Louis City -

Prescription drop-box available for first time in St. Louis City

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. ( - The hope behind a prescription drop-off box, the first of it's kind in St. Louis, is that it will stop prescription medication from getting into the hands of the wrong people; including children. 

"The goal of this is to help unused drugs out of the medicine cabinets before they fall into misuse and lead to someone being addicted or assisting in their addictions," said Captain Steven Mueller with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department. 

The South Patrol Division on Sublette is home to the city's first prescription medication drop-off box. The goal is to get you to clean out your medicine cabinets. 

"They may have a pain in the future, would be similar to the one they had in the past. So rather than going back to the pharmacist or doctor, they chose to self-medicate. It is not a good idea," said Craig Schmidt with the City of Saint Louis, Department of Health. 

The drop box also provides a safe, eco-friendly way of discarding the medication. Flushing pills down the toilet isn't recommended. 

"It's your basic food chain sequence. If it is affecting fish, it is only a matter of time before it starts to affect humans as well," said Amy Tiemeier, pharmacist  with St. Louis College of Pharmacy. 

More than anything, the hope is the pilot program will stop the cycle of drug abuse. 

"We've got a lot of heroin problems in the first district and we hope this is a good day to help some of these people get off it or maybe not even get into it," said Mueller. 

The drop-off box is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. It is a partnership with the St. Louis College of Pharmacy and the Metropolitan Sewer/Water Division. 

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