St. Louis Police will bring a portable drug disposal box to the Farmers Market in the city hall parking lot four times this year.
If you have unwanted or expired prescription medication in the form of pills or capsules, you may bring them to the farmers market from 2 to 6 p.m. July 12, Aug. 9 and Sept. 13. (The first time was June 14.) A police officer will be there with the portable drug box.
You may also drop off pills and capsules (plus patches and liquids) at the police department inside city hall during regular office hours; 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.
The creation of the St. Louis drug boxes is an interesting story.
“A few years ago, the St. Louis DPW made a medication disposal box for the St. Louis Police Department,” said Police Chief Richard J. Ramereiz Jr. in an an email. “I then contacted John Misenhelder of Misenhelder Welding in Ithaca about making two more medication disposal boxes. Misenhelder Welding worked with one of their suppliers (Alro Steel) to donate the materials, and Misenhelder made two more medication disposal boxes for us. Ithaca Powder coating donated their time and materials to paint these boxes. I had our DPW mount the extra disposal box on a hand cart so we could have a portable unit that could be taken to public events that any of our law enforcement agencies can use.”
If you need a drop box that is available 24 hours a day, you need to visit the Gratiot County Sheriff’s Office in Ithaca. The remaining locations are available during business hours only.
If you’re thinking that you can just flush unwanted pills down the toilet, Chief Ramereiz has this to say to you. “You should never flush your medications or pour them down the drain. Two of the bigger reasons is the harm they can cause to septic systems and the impact on our water system. A wide range of pharmaceuticals have been found in lakes, streams and other water ways. I am not an expert, but I have read that these medications may have an impact on the wildlife that live in or drink from these waterways. We want the public to properly dispose of the medication to prevent any adverse impacts on the ecosystem but also help reduce the growing opioid drug use.”