A prescription Take Back event will take place this Saturday, April 30 in Monett. Area residents will have the opportunity to drop off bottles of their unused and outdated prescriptions at the Walmart Supercenter in Monett's west entrance between 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Barry County Connections Coalition (BCC) is spearheading the effort in an attempt to protect youth from prescription drug abuse and to protect the area's groundwater supply by offering a place for individuals to safely dispose of their unwanted or unused medication.
The Take Back day is supported nationally by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), according to Leesa Ginther, public health nurse with the Barry County Health Department and leader of BCC.
On Saturday, anyone can bring their unused or unwanted prescriptions or over-the-counter medications to the drop-off location.
Intravenous solutions, injectables and syringes will not be accepted. Law enforcement personnel will be on hand to collect the medications. The DEA will retrieve and dispose of the medications.
Sponsors of the Barry County Take Back campaign are: Old Town Pharmacy in Monett; Sater Pharmacy in Cassville; Weiser Tent; Friend Printing; the Barry County Health Department; The Monett Times; and the Monett Police Department and the Cassville Police Department.