Drug Take Back Program


The Eureka Police Department has a prescription drug collection box in the lobby area of the Police Department located at 120 City Hall Drive. This drug collection box was the first year-round prescription medication collection offered in St. Louis County, and is available to residents 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The drop-off program is a free, anonymous, no questions-asked initiative that prevents prescription drug abuse and theft by ridding homes of potentially dangerous, expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse.

Items that can be placed in the secure drug drop box include narcotics, non-narcotics, over the counter medications, and veterinary medications. Items that should not be placed in the drop box include needles or sharps, liquid forms of prescription medication, or bio-hazard materials.

Since placing the Drug Take Back Box in our lobby in May of 2011, the Eureka Police Department has collected over ­­­1000 lbs. of medication.

For more information about the Drug Take Back program, you can call Chief Michael Wiegand at the Eureka Police Department 636-938-6600.

Purpose?
To increase awareness of prescription and over the counter drug abuse issues facing our area’s youth and to help eliminate prescription drugs from homes that are no longer being used. The medicine cabinet is the most popular place for medications of abuse. This program will provide a safe place for disposal of prescription drugs that are no longer needed.

Please do:

  • Bring in medications from anyone living within your household.
  • Bring medications in their original packaging from the pharmacy. Medications not in their original packaging will take longer to process and may be subject to further inspection.
  • You may bring in any medications from a licensed pharmacist, including controlled substances, liquids containing medications, prescription inhalers, and medicated ointments or patches.

Please don’t:

  • Bring in any medication from anyone who does NOT reside in your home.
  • Do not bring illicit drugs, (example: marijuana, cocaine, etc.) to the Take Back Program site. Those drugs can be turned in anytime to the Eureka Police Department any other time.

Not Accepted

  • Sharp objects including needles
  • Radioactive Medicines
  • Bio-hazardous materials
  • Glass thermometers or other medical devices

No medications from businesses such as pharmacies or doctor’s offices will be accepted. Only medications from individuals can be accepted for this program.

The City of Eureka is excited to take part in these days, but we take it one step further. Located in the lobby of the Eureka Police Department there is a Medication Drop Box where people can bring their prescription drugs into the station 24/7.

If you’d like more information about this initiative, please contact the police department at 636-938-6600.