Sheriff's Department announces results of prescription drug roundup

Tuesday, June 15, 2010 | 12:32 p.m. CDT; updated 3:42 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, June 15, 2010

COLUMBIA — More than 43,000 prescription tablets and liquid medications were collected during Prescription Drug Take Back Day, according to a news release from the Boone County Sheriff’s Department.

Approximately 200 citizens dropped off a wide range of expired or unused medicine Saturday, the release said, including Xanax, Vicodin and Oxycontin. The event — which was co-sponsored by the department and the Youth Community Coalition — took place at both Hickman and Rock Bridge high schools, as well as other schools in Ashland, Harrisburg, Hallsville, Sturgeon and Centralia.

The collected medications will be destroyed in an "environmentally sound manner" at the city landfill, the release said.

"This was a tremendous success. It even surpassed my expectations," Sheriff Dwayne Carey said in the release. "I look forward to continue to work with the Youth Community Coalition and partner doing Prescription Take Back Days in the future."

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lacinda florez June 15, 2010 | 4:46 p.m.

I wish I had volunteered for this event! But one the bright side, we should have some very happy police officers till the pills run out!

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