Drug collection day

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Poster for the May 2 Drug Take Back Day at St. Cloud State

Poster for the May 2 Drug Take Back Day at St. Cloud State.

St. Cloud State is teaming with the community to collect unneeded medicines 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. May 2 in the Public Safety Center parking lot.

The free, no-questions-asked drop-off of prescription and non-prescription medications addresses numerous public health, public safety and environmental issues. 

Needles and thermometers will not be accepted. Medical instruments used to puncture and lacerate skin -- commonly called "sharps" -- will not be accepted.

Thursday's drop-off also is an opportunity to dispose of illegal drugs, no-questions-asked.

Drug Take Back Day is sponsored by the St. Cloud Police Department, Stearns County Sheriff’s Office, Justin Pearson Foundation and these St. Cloud State entitities: Student Health Services, U-Choose and the Public Safety Department. 

The Justin Pearson Foundation is named for a St. Cloud man who died in 2005 of a prescription drug overdose.

Unused and expired medicines that build up in household cabinets are a potential source for accidental poisoning, overdose and criminal enterprise. Medicines flushed down sinks and toilets have been linked to illness in animals and detected in drinking-water supplies.

For more information, contact Jennifer Furan Super, Public Safety associate director, at 320-308-0922.

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