CPD holds another successful take back event

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

The Cassville Police Department held its sixth successful prescription drug take back event at the Cassville City Hall on April 27. A total of 90 pounds of expired or unused medications were collected during the event.

"It was very successful," said Cassville Police Chief Dana Kammerlohr. "Each event we see more people who are discarding more medication.

"People are being educated of the serious problems that could occur when unused medication is dumped in our water supply, and they also realize the danger of the medication being used by others who it is not intended for," continued Kammerlohr. "When talking to people who use medications that have not been prescribed for them they have often stated that they have stolen them from family or friends. Others say they have bought them off the street from people who have stolen the medication from family or friends."

Medication gathered during take back events is collected by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). According to the DEA, the majority of teens who abuse prescription drugs get them from family and friends or take them from home medicine cabinets. Ingesting unused and expired prescription medication can lead to accidental poisoning, overdose and drug abuse.

"The DEA Take Back that the Cassville Police Department participates in is a schedule event that is important because it gives the community a safe place to discard unused medications, which in turn keeps the medications out of the environment and away from people who intend to misuse the medication," said Kammerlohr. "We also will take medication throughout the year if people need to discard it before the take back day."

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

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