The Monett Police Department, Bruner Pharmacy of Monett and the Barry-Lawrence Crime Stoppers will participate in the first National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday, Sept. 25.
The event seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and government, community, public health and law enforcement partners will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at sites nationwide.
The local event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Monett City Park Casino.
"People in the city flush prescriptions down the toilet, or just throw them in the trash," said John Bruner, owner of Bruner Pharmacy in Monett. "This proves to be very hazardous to our drinking water or they can get into the wrong hands.
"This is a great event that allows us to dispose of medications the correct and ecological way by incineration," Bruner added. "I encourage everyone to clean out their medicine cabinets and bring their prescriptions to us on Saturday."
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the United States are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.
Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
"With this National Prescription Drug Take-Back campaign, we are aggressively reaching out to individuals to encourage them to rid their households of unused prescription drugs that pose a safety hazard and can contribute to prescription drug abuse," said Acting Deputy Attorney General Gary G. Grindler. "The Department of Justice is committed to doing everything we can to make our communities safer, and this initiative represents a new front in our efforts."
The event is free and anonymous, no questions asked. For more information, call Monett Police Chief Tim Schweder or Lt. Greg Brandsma at the Monett Police Department at 235-4241.