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The St. Louis County Police Department and Step Up of St. Louis will receive a significant donation from Mallinckrodt in the form of 10,000 Deterra Bags, which are described as drug deactivation systems. The Deterra Bags neutralize drugs – effectively, safely, and quickly. The bags will be available to citizens who need them. To use the system, a citizen places unused/unwanted medication inside the Deterra Bag, adds water, seals and gently shakes the bag before disposing. The Deterra Bags are bio-degradable. 8,000 units will be donated for distribution by the St. Louis County Police Department and 2,000 units will be distributed by Step Up of St. Louis.

The first distributions of Deterra Bags will occur on Thursday, September 19th at an opioid community event co-hosted by Step Up of St. Louis and the CRUSH coalition. This event will be held at Lindbergh High School from 5:30 PM to 9 PM.

The Honorable Ann Wagner, Congresswoman, is a champion of this effort. “This incredibly generous donation will prove to be a critical tool in our ongoing fight against the scourge of opioid addiction here in St. Louis. Deadly overdoses that take the lives of our friends and loved ones must be prevented not just by legislative action in Congress, but also with the continued partnerships of our local allies in this fight,” she said. “These Deterra Bags can help stop addictions before they happen and get the dangerously addictive drugs out of our homes and off the streets.

“The St. Louis County Police Department and Step Up of St. Louis have the necessary experience and knowledge to deploy these resources and I appreciate their continued dedication to protecting our younger generation from addictions that have harmed too many of their peers.”

Colonel Jon M. Belmar, Chief of Police, urges residents to use the Deterra Bags or the secured drop-off locations at area Precinct stations. “Thanks to the generosity of Mallinckrodt, the St. Louis County Police Department can expand its resources and leverage its expertise to more fully address this epidemic. Ideally, this takes the form of education and prevention well before enforcement action is required.”

Erin Kelley, the Executive Director of Step Up of St. Louis, said, "Empowering our community to take action that will protect our youth is a priority for Step Up of St. Louis. Environmentally-friendly removal of unused/unneeded prescription drugs must become a household habit and these drug disposal bags are an important tool that will put to immediate use during all of our activities."


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