Boone County sees largest collection of drugs during "Take Back" event

1 year 2 weeks 5 days ago Monday, October 30 2017 Oct 30, 2017 Monday, October 30, 2017 5:34:00 PM CDT October 30, 2017 in News
By: Ally Wallenta, KOMU 8 Reporter
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COLUMBIA – Boone County saw its largest collection of unwanted and no longer needed medications during this weekend’s Prescription Drug Take Back event.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day provides a way for Americans to prevent drug overdose and addiction.   

972 pounds of drugs were collected this year, compared to the last collection of 895 pounds in April 2016.

“That is far and a way a record for the amount of medications collected in one single event. We normally average five-six hundred pounds worth of medications,” said Major Tom Reddin from the Boone County Sheriff's Department.

The event took place on Oct. 27 and 28. at seven different collection sites throughout Boone County.

The results were as followed:

  • VA Hospital – Columbia – 143 lbs.
  • University of Mo. Student Center – 23 lbs.
  • Hickman High School – 361.6 lbs.
  • Rockbridge High School – 164.8 lbs.
  • Ashland Police Department– 114.6 lbs.
  • Centralia Police Department – 79.6 lbs.
  • Hallsville Police Department – 44.2 lbs.
  • Boone Co. Sheriff’s Dept. – 41 lbs.

Boone County started the event in 2010. Since, they have held biannual events to collect drugs. This October’s collection saw a huge increase since previous years.

During the first event in June 2010, Boone County collected roughly 121 lbs. of drugs. Since, the following amounts have been recorded.  

  • June 2010- 121 lbs.
  • Nov. 2010- 118 lbs.
  • April 2011- 174 lbs.
  • Oct. 2011- 505 lbs.
  • April 2012- 509 lbs.  
  • Sept. 2012- 494 lbs.
  • April 2013- 648 lbs.
  • April 2014- 492 lbs.
  • Sept. 2014- 499 lbs.
  • Sept 2015- 648 lbs.  
  • April 2016- 895 lbs.
  • Oct. 2016- 462 lbs.
  • April 2017- 574 lbs.
  • Oct. 2017- 972 lbs.

This past weekend’s results were a 77 lb. increase from April of 2016, which holds the second highest recorded.  

According to Reddin, roughly 353 pills equal one pound, meaning nearly 343,116 pills were collected this weekend. 

Reddin said it's hard to know exactly why there was such a big increase this fall.  

“There’s a lot of speculation, is it because of the opioid overdose and abuse problem that’s going on, the recent media coverage of that, could all of that be part of it? Certainly,” Reddin said.

Reddin said they collect “anything from over-the-counter cough medicine to some of the most potent pain narcotics that are prescribed.”

The Cole County Sheriff's Department and the Tao’s Water District #4 also sponsored the event on Oct. 28.

The two groups collected 19,300 pills, three quarts of liquid and 240 needles.

All of the collections will be turned into the Drug Enforcement Administration. The organization will destroy them by incineration. 

“It’s not getting into the hands of those that might abuse it or sell it or distribute it illegally in some way, and we know it’s not getting flushed down the toilet to go into ground-water sources or do some other environmental contamination,” Reddin said.  

People don’t have to wait until the twice-a-year event to be able to expose of their drugs properly. The City of Columbia has a Household Hazardous Waste Disposal Program that allows people to drop off drugs during two Saturdays a month from April to October.

 

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