Prescription Drug Take-Back event set for Friday, Saturday

Tuesday, April 24, 2012 | 4:11 p.m. CDT; updated 9:22 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, April 24, 2012

COLUMBIA — The fourth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will take place Friday and Saturday at eight different sites around Columbia and surrounding towns. 

The Boone County Sheriff's Department, the Youth Community Coalition and law enforcement agencies throughout Boone County will be conducting the event. 

The purpose of the event is to provide a place for the community to appropriately dispose of expired, unused or unwanted prescription medications, according to a news release from the Boone County Sheriff's Department.

The event can prevent prescription medications from being abused or wrongfully distributed. 

Providing a place for proper disposal of these medications helps in protecting the environment. If they were simply flushed down the toilet, they could be detrimental to ground-source water.  

At the first prescription drug take back, which was held in June 2010, about 43,000 tablets and liquid medications were collected in Boone County. About 505 pounds of prescription medications were collected at the county's October 2011 event.  

Friday locations:

  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Truman Veterans Hospital, 800 Hospital Drive, Columbia
  • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at MU Student Center 

Saturday locations:

  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Southern Boone High School, 14520 Crump Lane, Ashland
  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Centralia Police Department Lobby, 114 S. Rollins, Centralia
  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hallsville Intermediate School Commons, 411 E. Highway 124, Hallsville
  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Hickman High School, 1104 N. Providence Road, Columbia
  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Rock Bridge High School, 4303 S. Providence Road, Columbia
  • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at  Sturgeon High School, 24350 N. Fairgrounds Road, Sturgeon 

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