Boone County law enforcement collects 509 pounds of prescription drugs

Monday, April 30, 2012 | 12:50 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Boone County Sheriff's Department collected nearly 509 pounds of prescription drugs on Friday and Saturday as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Residents dropped off an estimated 181,000 expired, unused or unwanted pills at the eight collection sites, according to a news release.

"We get the whole spectrum of prescription and over-the-counter medications, from potent narcotic pain medications to over-the-counter cough syrup," Major Tom Reddin of the Sheriff's Department said.

The event was an attempt to reduce abuse and wrongful distribution of prescription drugs, according to a previous Missourian article.

The Drug Enforcement Administration is expected to pick up the medications from the Sheriff's Department on Monday. The prescription drugs will then be disposed of properly.

The 509 pounds of drugs exceeded the amount collected at the county's October event by 4 pounds.

Volunteers from the Youth Community Coalition and law enforcement officials from the Ashland, Centralia, Columbia, Hallsville, Sturgeon and MU police departments helped staff the collection sites, according to the news release.

Supervising editor is Scott Swafford.

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