Local take back event collects over 47 pounds of medication

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

The Cassville Police Department and Cassville Community 2000 hosted their third successful prescription drug take back event on Oct. 29.

"I believe we had a better turnout than ever before," said Cassville Police Chief Dana Kammerlohr. "The public education and media coverage is letting people know that this service is available."

The local take back event, which was held at the Cassville City Hall, collected 47.5 pounds of prescription drugs. A total of 13,274 pounds of prescription drugs were collected at events across Missouri this fall.

Prescription drugs gathered at take back events are collected by the Drug Enforcement Administration. According to 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.

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.

"We hope to do this again next spring with even more results," said Kammerlohr. "Our goal is to provide a safe place for community members to dispose of prescription drugs that they don't need."

According to the DEA, events held in Missouri collected over four times the amount of prescription drugs that were collected at events in neighboring states. For instance, events held in Kansas collected 3,809 pounds of prescription drugs.

Some of the other state that participated in the event included: Iowa, 3,982 pounds; Nebraska, 2,932; South Dakota, 1,726; and the southern judicial district of Illinois, 2,000.

For more information on prescription drug take back events or tips for properly disposing of prescription drugs, visit dea.gov.

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