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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Prescription take-back events Saturday

  • The Rolla Police Department along with several other area agencies are teaming up to take part in a national prescription and over-the-counter drug take-back event this Saturday, Sept. 29.
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  • The Rolla Police Department along with several other area agencies are teaming up to take part in a national prescription and over-the-counter drug take-back event this Saturday, Sept. 29.
    The event in Rolla will take place at the First Presbyterian Church parking lot located at 919 E. 10th St. from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
    The RPD is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), Missouri Division of Alcohol and Drug Abuse and Prevention Consultants of Missouri for the take-back event. Members of the public may bring old prescription and over-the-counter
    medications to the church parking lot Saturday. Sgt. Wayne Rapier, of the RPD, will be present to collect these drugs and dispose of them in a safe and responsible manner.
    Drug take-back events are designed to safely discard old and expired medicines and eliminate the chance of accidental ingestion or abuse by an unprescribed individual.
    Usual methods for disposing of unused medicines such as flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash both pose potential safety and health hazards.
    In addition to Rolla, several other agencies in the region are holding take-back events Sept. 29 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. They are as follows:
    • Fort Leonard Wood is hosting its event at the Nutter Field House, Building 1067, Iowa Avenue;
    • The Salem Police Department is hosting its event at 500 N. Jackson St., Salem; and
    • The Waynesville Police Department is hosting its event at the Waynesville Price Cutter parking lot, 300 Ichord Road, Waynesville.
    Last April, Americans turned in 552,161 pounds or 276 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,600 sites operated by the DEA and nearly 4,300 state and local law enforcement partners. In its four previous take-back events, DEA and its partners took in over 1.5 million pounds or nearly 775 tons of pills.
    For more information, contact Prevention Consultants of Missouri at 573-368-4755.
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