Safely dispose of old pills on National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

Posted October 29, 2017

NPDTBD, which according to Department of Justice (DOJ) aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

Sponsors of the local collection event include the Drug Free Community Coalition, St. Joseph Youth Alliance, Buchanan County Sheriff's Department and the St. Joseph Police Department.

In partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration, troopers will collect expired and unused pills so they can be destroyed.

People are not allowed to bring needles, mercury-filled thermometers, oxygen tanks, radioactive substances, pressurized cans or illicit drugs, but most any other prescription is allowed.

Take Back Day is a national effort that occurs twice a year.

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■ Establish prescription drug monitoring programs in all states (Missouri remains the exception).

Sessions said that medicines forgotten in home medicine cabinets are increasingly subject to misuse and that rates of accidental poisonings and overdose by prescription medications are alarmingly high.

"What we are able to do in cooperation with the DEA and National Drug Take-Back Day is get these unwanted prescription drugs, pills, capsules, and other items out of circulation". So far this year almost one million pounds of prescription drugs have been collected.

Last April the public turned in 450 tons (900,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,200 of its state and local law enforcement partners.