St. Clair, Madison counties collecting unused prescription drugs

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Authorities in Madison and St. Clair counties are offering a free and anonymous service this Saturday for area residents who wish to clear their medicine cabinets of unused, expired, or unwanted prescription drugs, the Belleville News Democrat reported.

According to the state’s attorneys in those counties, visits to ERs due to abuse of prescription drugs has skyrocketed more than 98 percent since 2004.

In St. Clair County, the Drug Enforcement Administration will provide a prescription drug disposal site at 10 Public Square in Belleville on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meanwhile, authorities in Madison County will be behind the county administration building on N. Main Street in Edwardsville.

There are also collection sites at the Alton, East Alton, Edwardsville, Highland, Maryville, and Roxana police departments. To find a collection site closest to you, visit the DEA’s National Take-Back Initiative website.

Just last year, Illinois collected and destroyed more than 35,000 pounds of prescription drugs.