Boone County News Release

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For Immediate Release

Media Contact:
Lt. Philip Smith
Boone County Sheriff's Office
Phone: (573) 875-1111

Prescription Drug Take Back Event

October 24, 2022 - The Boone County Sheriff's Office, in partnership with law enforcement agencies throughout Boone County including Ashland, Columbia, Centralia, Hallsville, University of Missouri, and VA Hospital Police Departments, will be conducting a Prescription Drug Take Back event at multiple locations October 28th and 29th, 2022. 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 to ground source water if medications are flushed.

Collection Sites

Friday, October 28, 2022, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

  • Harry S. Truman VA Hospital, 800 Hospital Dr, Columbia, MO
  • University of Missouri, MU Student Center, 901 Rollins Rd, Columbia, MO

Saturday, October 29, 2022, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM

  • Ashland Police Department, 101 W. Broadway, Ashland, MO
  • Centralia Police Department Lobby, 114 S Rollins, Centralia, MO
  • Hallsville Police Department, 202 Highway 124 East, Hallsville, MO
  • Hickman High School (north entrance), 1104 N Providence Rd, Columbia, MO
  • Rock Bridge High School (north entrance), 4303 S Providence Rd, Columbia, 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.

Additional Disposal Information and Collection Programs

For more information on pharmaceutical and needle disposal, please see the brochures below.

Medications may also be disposed of through the City of Columbia's Household Hazardous Waste collection program.