BOONVILLE – The Boonville Police, Fire Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs on April 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Bring your pills for disposal to 500 Bingham Road. (The DEA cannot accept liquids or needles or sharps, only pills or patches.) The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, 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. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards.
If you cannot bring the prescription drugs on that date you can drop them off any time before at the Boonville Police Department located at 401 East Morgan Street Boonville, Missouri 65233.
More information will be released closer to the actual take back date. Please mark your calendars accordingly.