Boonville Police, Fire Departments will take back unwanted prescription drugs

Chris Bowie
Boonville Daily News
The Boonville Police and Boonville Fire Department will be accepting unwanted prescription drugs on Saturday, April 24 at the Boonville Fire Station from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Boonville Police Department and the Boonville Fire Department will be working in conjunction to take back unwanted prescription drugs.

Boonville Police Chief Bobby Welliver said residents can bring their unwanted prescription drugs to the Boonville Fire Department at 500 Bingham Road on Saturday, April 24 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Boonville Police Department, Boonville Fire Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public its 16th opportunity in nine years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.  

Welliver said the DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. However, he said if residents cannot turn in their unwanted prescription drugs on the above date, they can drop them off at the Boonville Police Department, located at 401 East Morgan Street at any time before the event.

Welliver said this initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. He said 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. 

For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the April 24th, 2021 Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website.