Manar Buffington KahlA prescription dated 1987 was among the unwanted medications turned in during a drug takeback event in Macoupin County sponsored by State Senator Andy Manar, local pharmacies and county officials.

The event was meant to raise awareness about opioid abuse in Macoupin County and to encourage area residents to dispose of old, unused and unwanted prescription and over-the-counter medications from their homes. Studies have linked the explosion in heroin abuse to increased availability of prescription opioid painkillers.

“Unused medication has a way of stacking up in our homes because we think we might need it later or we’re not sure how to get rid of it,” said Manar (D-Bunker Hill). “What we’re seeing today, however, is that these pills are magnets for theft because they fuel addiction. The best thing we all can do is get into the habit of routinely purging unwanted and expired medications from our homes.”

In all, area residents disposed of more than 100 pounds of medications during the drug takeback, which occurred April 29 at four pharmacies in Macoupin County: Sullivan’s Pharmacy in Staunton and Michelle’s Pharmacy locations in Carlinville, Bunker Hill and Gillespie.

Manar’s office organized the event to coincide with national drug takeback day. Macoupin County Sheriff Shawn Kahl and Macoupin County State’s Attorney Jennifer Watson were co-sponsors.

“Ending the heroin problem will require a coordinated effort between lawmakers, law enforcement and, most importantly, involved residents,” Manar said. “Every time we make the effort to clear old, unwanted medications from our homes, we’re helping to stop opioid abuse in our communities and saving lives.”

Local officials urge residents to continue disposing of unwanted medications by utilizing any of the following drop-off locations in Macoupin County, which are available year-round:

  • Michelle’s Pharmacy, 809 S. Franklin St., Bunker Hill. Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday.
  • Michelle’s Pharmacy, 494 West Side Square, Carlinville. Hours: 8 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday
  • Michelle’s Pharmacy, 120 S. Macoupin St., Gillespie. 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Saturday.
  • Bunker Hill Police Department, 801 S. Franklin St., Bunker Hill. Available 24 hours a day year-round. Speak with the deputy on duty for instructions.
  • Gillespie Police Department, 109 W. Pine St., Gillespie. Available 24 hours a day year-round. Drop box in lobby.
  • Macoupin County Sheriff’s Office, 215 S. East St., Carlinville. Available 24 hours a day year-round. Drop box in lobby.
  • Staunton Police Department, 105 S. Wood St., Staunton. Available 24 hours a day year-round. Speak with the deputy on duty for instructions.

Pictured: State Senator Andy Manar (D-Bunker Hill) is joined by Tammy Buffington of Sullivan’s Pharmacy and Macoupin County Sheriff Shawn Kahl at Sullivan’s Pharmacy in Staunton on April 29 during the Macoupin County drug takeback event.

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