Missouri counties host drug take back events
FULTON - Multiple counties across mid-Missouri hosted Prescription Drug Take Back events on Saturday afternoon.
The Drug Enforcement Agency, which sponsors the event, provides a safe and responsible way to dispose prescription medicine.
According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
Callaway County Sheriff's Deputy Jeff Harding, who was working at one of the collection sites, said the agency collect prescription drugs twice a year.
He said the the sheriff's department has a good relationship with the public and the the pubic has a good relationship with the sheriff's department.
"Well, it's an opportunity for the sheriff's department to interact in a non-law enforcement manner, Harding said. "And we try to take advantages of these opportunities."
Dianne Arms, who works with the Callaway 2 Water District, said people commonly flush or poor their prescription drugs.
She said this negatively affects their area's water quality.
"When the Department of Natural Resources checks for different, they check for different things in the water," Arms said. "Over the years, they have found out that they have seen an increase in different kinds of prescription drugs showing up at the water tower."
The last Prescription Drug Take Back event was in October 2018. The DEA said it collected over 457 tons of prescription drugs.