Drug Take Back Initiative Promotes Prescription Drug Safety

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COLUMBIA - Dozens of people participated in Prescription Drug Take Back Day Friday.

The event aims to promote responsibility and awareness among people to properly dispose of medications they no longer need.

VA Hospital spokesperson, Stephen Gaither said events like this one help prevent these drugs from being abused or distributed by youth. He also said they help protect the environment. When drugs are flushed down the toilet they can contaminate ground source water, he said.

"It is important that we give folks an alternative to safely dispose of their unneeded medications to keep them out of the hands of people who might abuse those drugs and to keep it out of the landfill," Gaither said. 

The Boone County Sheriff's Department partnered with the Youth Community Coalition and law enforcement agencies around Boone County. Among those participating were: Ashland, Columbia, Centralia, Hallsville, MU, Sturgeon and VA Hospital Police Departments.

Gaither said this event is not the only time people can properly dispose of medications.

"The Columbia Police Department has a structure there at the station where people can drop off unneeded medications 24/7," he said.

The state House proposed a bill to create a prescription drug monitoring program, but no action has been taken since mid-March.

Boone County 2014 Prescription Drug Take Back Locations:

Saturday, April 26, 2014

10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Hickman High School

Rock Bridge High School

Centralia Police Department Lobby

Hallsville Intermediate School

Surgeon High School

Southern Boone High School