The pills were collected at the Boonville Fire Department as part of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which is organized by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. The days are typically held twice a year, in April and October.

Boonville police and fire protection collected nearly 130 pounds of pills during a drug take back event last Saturday, according to the Boonville Police Department.

The pills were collected at the Boonville Fire Department as part of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, which is organized by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. The days are typically held twice a year, in April and October.

Of the 6 million Americans who misused or abused drugs, the majority came from friends and family, including stealing from the medicine cabinet, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

Flushing pills down the toilet or throwing them in the garbage can be dangerous to the environment. Traces of prescription drugs have been found in groundwater, drinking water, rivers and streams around the country, according to the University of Illinois Extension. Animals and children could possibly get to pills thrown in the trash, according to the Extension.

There are no year-round drop off sites in Cooper County, according to the DEA. Burrell Pharmacy in Columbia and CVS in Sedalia are the nearest locations that collect unused prescription drugs all year.