St. Louis (KSDK) - What do you do with your old prescription medicines?

Apparently, a lot of us leave them lying around.

Prescription medication abuse is called an epidemic in the United States. On average, about 6,000 people every day abuse prescription drugs for the first time, and 2,500, or 42 percent are teens.

One of the best ways to stop this trend is to get unused medicine out of homes. To help you do that, the Rockwood Drug-Free Coalition is teaming up with several police departments for several medication take-back events scheduled forSaturday, September 29 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at the following locations:

Ballwin Police Department
300 Park Dr. Ballwin MO 63011

Chesterfield City Hall
690 Chesterfield Parkway-West Chesterfield MO 63017

Clarkson Valley and Wildwood Clarkson Valley Executive Center
15933 Clayton Rd. Ballwin MO 63011

Ellisville Police Department
37 Weis Ave. Ellisville MO 63011

Eureka Police Department
120 City Hall Dr. Eureka MO 63025

Fenton City Hall
625 New Smizer Mill Rd. Fenton MO 63026

For more information contact the Rockwood Drug-Free Coalition at 636-733-2158.

Medication Take-Back Events are a partnership between:
Rockwood Drug-Free Coalition
Chesterfield Alliance for Positive Youth (CAPY)
Local Police Departments
Drug Enforcement Administration

Prescription and over-the-counter medications will be accepted,
including liquids, inhalers, medicated ointments and patches.

You will be asked to complete a short survey.

Not accepted at the take-back:
Illicit Drugs (example: cocaine, marijuana, etc.)
Sharps objects including needles
Radioactive medicines
Bio-hazardous materials

Jim Meyer is Co-Chairman of the Medication Take-Back Task Force, and he joined First @ 4 with information you should know.

Click the video player above to hear what he had to say.

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