Houston reserve officer Jeremy St. John, left, Chief Jim McNeill and reserve officer Kevin Reed man a booth Saturday for the DEA Pharmaceutical Drug Take-back Event.

A pharmaceutical collection Saturday in Houston netted nearly 177 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs.

A record number of DEA Pharmaceutical Drug Take-back events were held Saturday. The St. Louis division of the Drug Enforcement Agency had 408 agencies with 530 collection sites participating.

Seven large boxes were filled locally for the Drug Enforcement Administration to incinerate.

The Houston event co-sponsors were the Houston Police Department, the Missouri Rural Water Association and the Big Piney River Stream Team Watershed Association.

All pharmaceuticals were accepted, including veterinary and over-the-counter drugs. The sponsors’ goals were to help everyone get rid of unwanted pharmaceutical drugs; prevent drugs from getting into the wrong hands by theft or curious children; and provide a proper way to dispose so they do not pollute water.

Organizers said do not flush drugs or throw them in the trash. Collection and incineration is the only viable solution at this time.

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