Drug Take Back Day nets more than 200 pounds of medication

Friday, October 25, 2013 | 6:06 p.m. CDT; updated 5:03 p.m. CDT, Thursday, April 24, 2014

COLUMBIA —Thursday's Prescription Drug Take Back Day yielded about 233 pounds of unused medication, according to a release from the Youth Community Coalition. That's about 82,000 pills that were collected.

"We're very satisfied and we're really proud of the community and all the folks that took part of it," coalition coordinator Ryan Worley said.

The event coincided with Saturday's National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, which is sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Agency and aims to prevent drug abuse and raise awareness of the environmental impact of improper medication disposal, according to previous Missourian reporting.

The event in Columbia was sponsored by the Youth Community Coalition, Columbia Police Department, Truman Veterans Hospital, Missouri Department of Natural Resources, and Columbia/Boone County Public Health and Human Services Department.

Supervising editor is Allie Hinga.

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