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Drug Take-Back Planned Saturday in Clayton

The event staffed by the Clayton Police Department is part of a national movement to safely dispose of prescription drugs.

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

officers and U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) agents will staff the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day site.

"It's a good program for those wanting to protect the environment," Community Services Officer Korey Golcynski told Patch last year, when police also conducted such an event. 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. This year's event will be held in the parking lot of , 50 Gay Ave. It will run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., after which the drugs will be destroyed.

Officials have collected nearly 1 million pounds of prescription drugs nationally since the first Take-Back Day, a DEA news release states.

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