FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Media Contact:
Major Tom Reddin, Boone County Sheriff's Department
Phone: (573) 875-1111

PRESCRIPTION DRUG TAKE BACK EVENT

April 25, 2017 –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 28 & 29, 2017. 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.

Two collection sites are open Friday, April 28th, 2017:

Harry S. Truman VA Hospital   800 Hospital Drive, Columbia, Mo. from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

University of Mo. Student Center   2500 MU Student Center, Columbia, Mo. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Below are six collection sites open Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Ashland Police Department                109 E. Broadway,   Ashland, Mo.
Centralia Police Dept. Lobby             114 S. Rollins,   Centralia, Mo.
Hallsville Police Dept.                        202 Highway 124 East,    Hallsville, Mo.
Hickman High School                        1104 N. Providence Rd., Columbia, Mo.
Rock Bridge High School                   4303 S. Providence Rd., Columbia, Mo. (Due to construction, go to north entrance of RBHS)
Sturgeon Police Department               303 Station Drive, Sturgeon, Mo.

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.

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