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The City of Berkeley is participating in a program designed to encourage citizens to turn-in all of their unused or expired medication for safe disposal.  
 
Berkeley officials, in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and other area Police Departments, announce another National Prescription Drug Take-Back Event this Saturday, April 26.  
 
These Take Back Days give the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, or unwanted prescription drugs.  The service is free and anonymous.  
 
According to the 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health,  almost twice as many Americans (6.8 million) currently abuse prescription drugs than the number of those abusing cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin, and inhalants combined.
 Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
 
The City of Berkeley’s Collection site will be open Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Berkeley Police Department, located on North Hanley Rd. 
 
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CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) - St. Louis County police and the Drug Enforcement Administration are asking residents of the county to turn in unused prescription drugs.
 
The drug take-back initiative is scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. April 26. Police say it is part of an effort to ensure that unused medications don't become available for abuse, and are kept out of the water supply. The DEA will dispose of all drugs collected.
 
Police say the effort is free and anonymous. Four collection sites will be offered at locations in north St. Louis County, Mehlville, Fenton and Wildwood.
 
Published in Local News
Thursday, 26 September 2013 02:51

Major synthetic drug network busted in STL area

   Federal agents say a series of raids carried out across the metro area Wednesday were aimed a breaking up a major synthetic drug network.  

   Local law enforcement and at least five federal agencies teamed up to conduct simultaneous raids in St. Louis County, St. Charles County, Lincoln County and Jefferson County.  

   The DEA's acting agent in charge, James Shroba calls synthetic drugs a dangerous "new frontier" of drug use and abuse.  "They hook kids with the idea that these are legal, synthetic drugs, when in fact, we know they're not," he said.

   Shroba says yesterday's raids included sites that were being used to manufacture, package and distribute the drugs. "This is the tip of the iceberg," he said.  "This is a significant, synthetic drug operation."

  

Published in Local News
Tuesday, 28 May 2013 17:35

DEA says new drug is not meth-proof

ST. LOUIS (AP) - The Drug Enforcement Administration says a suburban St. Louis pharmaceutical company is wrong for marketing its pseudoephedrine product to imply methamphetamine cannot be made with it.

But Westport Pharmaceuticals insists its Zephrex-D is impractical as an ingredient for meth, even if small amounts of the drug can be extracted from it. The Maryland Heights, Mo., company began selling the cold and allergy medication last year.

The DEA's acting special agent in charge of the St. Louis office, James Shroba, sent Westport a letter dated May 6 and called the company out on its marketing of Zephrex-D as meth-resistant.

Westport spokeswoman Emilie Dolan said Tuesday that only small amounts of meth can be extracted. She says it would cost meth-makers $250 to $500 to make a single dose using Zephrex-D.

 

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