April 22, 2016 - The Boone County Sheriff's Department, in partnership with the Youth Community Coalition and law enforcement agencies throughout Boone County including Ashland, Columbia, Centralia, Hallsville, University of Missouri, Sturgeon and VA Hospital Police Departments, will be conducting a Prescription Drug Take Back event at multiple locations April 29th & 30th, 2016. This event coincides with the National Drug Take Back event sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency.

This effort is undertaken to provide the community with appropriate disposal of their expired, unused or unwanted prescription medications. The benefits of the Take Back event include that these prescription medications do not fall into the hands of our youth where they may be abused or distributed inappropriately. Further, the proper disposal of these medications aids in protecting the environment as it is detrimental especially to ground source water if medications are flushed.

The following is a list of the collection site locations and the times they will be operational:

Friday,  April 29th,  2016

Harry S. Truman VA Hospital, 800 Hospital Drive, Columbia (10:00 AM to 2:00 PM)

MU Student Center, Room G118, Univ. of Missouri Columbia (10:00 AM to 2:00 PM)

Saturday,  April 30th, 2016  (10:00 AM to 1:00 PM)

Southern Boone High School, 14520 Crump Ln, Ashland

Centralia Police Department Lobby, 114 S. Rollins, Centralia

Hallsville Intermediate School Commons, 421 E. Highway 124, Hallsville

Hickman High School, 1104 N. Providence, Columbia

Rock Bridge High School, 4303 S. Providence Rd., Columbia

Prengers Grocery Store, 105 W. Smith St, Sturgeon

Citizens may go to any one of these locations during the times listed and drop off their unwanted medications for disposal. Please, no sharps (needles). Following the collection, all medications will be turned over to the DEA for proper disposal.