Take back event to be held in Cassville

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

The Cassville Police Department and Cassville Community 2000 will host a prescription medication take back event at the Cassville City Hall from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 29. Prescription drugs will be accepted at the back door of city hall.

"Prescription pill abuse is on the rise," said Cassville Police Chief Dana Kammerlohr. "We feel that events like this can eliminate some of the temptations in homes.

"This gives people a way to properly dispose of prescription drugs that are not needed anymore or have become outdated," said Kammerlohr. "We want to keep these away from young people. We have learned that many of the young people who abuse prescription drugs get them from a family member."

Ingesting unused and expired prescription medications can lead to accidental poisoning, overdose and drug abuse. The non-medical use of prescription drugs is one of the most common forms of drug abuse in America, ranking second to marijuana.

Unused and expired prescription drugs should never be thrown into the trash where they can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold. Never dispose of unused drugs in the toilet either. Prescription medications can contaminate the water supply.

According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), the majority of teenagers who abuse prescription drugs get them from family and friends. Teens also often take unused medications from home medicine cabinets.

The local prescription take back event and many of DEA's education efforts coincide with National Red Ribbon Week, which is celebrated Oct. 23 through Oct. 31 each year. Celebrated by millions of community members, Red Ribbon Week is the nation's oldest and largest drug prevention awareness programs.

For more information on Red Ribbon Week, DEA or efforts to combat drug abuse, visit www.dea.gov, www.getsmartaboutdrugs.com or www.justthinktwice.com.

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