The Cassville Police Department, Cassville Community 2000 and Cassville High School Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) offered their fifth prescription drug take back event at the Cassville City Hall on Sept. 29.
"Around a dozen community members brought medication in," said Cassville Police Chief Dana Kammerlohr. "The comments were all positive from the public, and everyone was thankful for the opportunity to properly dispose of their medication."
The local take back event collected 75.6 pounds of prescription drugs. Medication gathered during take back events is collected by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
"These events give citizens a safe place to dispose of unused and outdated medicines, which keeps them out of the reach of children and decreases the chance of them being stolen," said Kammerlohr. "Proper disposal of medications also protects the environment."
According to the 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.
The National Survey on Drug Use and Health indicates that 1.7 million young adults continue to abuse prescription drugs, and around 1.4 million Americans are addicted to pain relievers.
"We plan to do this again next spring," said Kammerlohr. "Every time we have one of these events, more community members attend, and we collect and properly dispose of more medications.
For more information on prescription drug take back events or tips for properly disposing of prescription drugs, visit dea.gov.