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Clayton to Host Prescription Drug Take-Back Event on Saturday

The event happens from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. outside of The Center of Clayton.

St. Louisans will have the opportunity to get rid of their prescription drugs they no longer need Saturday in Clayton.

Five officers with the will staff the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day site in cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), said Community Services Officer Korey Golcynski.

"It's a good program for those wanting to protect the environment," Golcynski said. It gives people an alternative to throwing drugs in the trash or flushing them down the toilet, he said, and it can help keep drugs out of the hands of young people.

The drugs can also be discarded confidentially.

Clayton participated in the inaugural take-back event in 2010, he said. This year's event will be held just east of the circle drive at , 50 Gay Ave. It will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., after which a DEA agent will take the drugs to be destroyed.

A sign will be posted to direct people to the take-back event, Golcynski said.

Officials collected more than 121 tons of drugs nationally during first take-back event, held in September, a DEA news release states. More than 5,300 locations are expected to participate in Saturday's take-back event.

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