Take Back events allow for proper medication disposal

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

A pair of prescription Take Back events were held in April and October of 2011 by the Cassville Police Department and the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) to help citizens properly dispose of their unused medications.

The next Take Back event will be held at the local police department, which is located in the Cassville City Hall, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

Through last year's events, the Cassville Police Department collected 56 pounds of unwanted prescription medications. The Take Back events are held in order to help citizens to properly dispose of their medications.

"This reduces the medication going into our environment by flushing in the sewer system, which is not recommended, and also reduces the chance of the medication being stolen and used in an illegal manner," said Cassville Police Chief Dana Kammerlohr.

Through the efforts of the police department and DEA, the public has become much more aware of ways to properly dispose of their prescriptions. One way to safely dispose of medications outside of a Take Back event is to mix them with dirty cat litter, making sure to empty the capsules.

The Cassville community has been very receptive to these events, said Kammerlohr.

Since the Take Back events have begun, public education and local media coverage of the dangers of improperly disposed drugs has expanded. In addition, local citizens have voiced their appreciation for the event, and some have requested to turn in their unwanted medications before the Take Back event, said Kammerlohr.

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