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Macon Chronicle-Herald - Macon, MO
  • Drug Take Back Event

  • Want to get rid of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs? Here's your chance!
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  • On April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Macon Police Department in conjunction with the Macon Municipal Utilities, the Macon County Public Water Supply District and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give the public another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to C&R Supermarket Parking Lot. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
    Last September, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its five previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2 million pounds—over a thousand tons—of pills. In Missouri alone, 17,208 pounds of pharmaceutical drugs were collected last September. All pharmaceutical drugs collected were taken to a DEA facility and incinerated, which is the safest method of disposal to avoid accidental overdose, drug abuse and environmental pollution.
    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. National research indicates that 46 million Americans consume water contaminated with prescription and over-the-counter drugs. Missouri was one of 24 states where water samples from underground aquifers were tested and found to contain pharmaceuticals.
    Four days after the first event, Congress passed the Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an "ultimate user" of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents' controlled substances in certain instances. DEA is drafting regulations to implement the Act. Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies like Macon Police Department and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.
    For more information locally, persons may call the Macon Police Department at 660-385-2195.
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