The Monett Police Department, Barry County Health Department and Bruner Pharmacy in Monett will host the bi-annual Drug Take Back Day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29 at the store, located at 321 Broadway.
The effort is part of a national campaign to prevent increased pill abuse and theft. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and government, community, public health and law enforcement partners will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs for disposal.
"People tend to flush prescription medications down the toilet, or just throw them in the trash," said John Bruner, owner of Bruner's Pharmacy. "That is hazardous to our drinking water, or the drugs can get into the wrong hands."
This event allows for proper disposal of medications through incineration. It allows local residents to clean out their medicine cabinets and rid the household of any potentially harmful medications that are no longer being used.
The initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many people are not aware that unused medications are highly susceptible to misuse and abuse. The rate of prescription drug abuse in the nation is increasing at an alarming rate, along with the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.
Studies indicate the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet.
"It's very important that people bring in their unused medications for proper disposal," added Joanna Oganesyan, R.N. with the Barry County Health Department.
The event is free and anonymous, with no questions asked.
For more information, contact Chief Tim Schweder or Lt. Greg Brandsma at the Monett Police Department at 235-4241.