Multiple law enforcement agencies in the area will collect unused and unwanted prescription drugs as part of the United States Drug Enforcement Agency’s National Prescription Take Back Day.
Prescription drugs will be collected at various locations Saturday from 10 o’clock in the morning to 2 o’clock in the afternoon.
Missouri locations include the Grundy County Law Enforcement Center in Trenton; sheriffs offices in Mercer County in Princeton, Harrison County in Bethany, Putnam County in Unionville, and Adair County in Kirksville; and police offices in Gallatin, Richmond, Macon, and Excelsior Springs.
The Lafayette County Sheriff’s Office will also collect unused prescription drugs at the Waverly Police Department/City Hall. Iowa locations for drug collection include the sheriff’s offices in Decatur County in Leon, Appanoose County in Centerville, and Ringgold County in Mount Ayr.
The DEA reports the Take Back Initiative addresses a public safety and health issue. The agency notes 474 and a half tons of unused prescription drugs were collected at the Take Back Day in April by 4,683 law enforcement agencies at 5,842 sites.
Expired and unwanted medications may be disposed of any time in the drugs depository box inside the foyer of the Grundy County Law Enforcement Center in Trenton.
Items accepted in the depository box include prescriptions, over-the-counter medications, vitamins, samples, pet medications, ointments, lotions, and liquid medications in glass or leak-proof containers.
More information can be found at the Drug Take Back Day website.