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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Safe drug disposal program returns to Fort

  • Members of the Fort Leonard Wood community will have the opportunity to drop off unwanted, unused and old medications for disposal at the Fort Leonard Wood Commissary and Main Post Exchange from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 26.
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  • Members of the Fort Leonard Wood community will have the opportunity to drop off unwanted, unused and old medications for disposal at the Fort Leonard Wood Commissary and Main Post Exchange from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday, April 26.
    The purpose of the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) pharmaceutical drug take-back event is to provide a proper way of disposal and to prevent drugs from getting into the wrong hands by theft or curious children.
    Medications that will be accepted include the following:
    • Prescription drugs,
    • Controlled substance medication,
    • Medication samples,
    • Vitamins,
    • Medicated lotions and ointments,
    • Inhalers,
    • Liquid medication in leak-proof containers, and
    • Unused and unopened transdermal skin patches.
    The following items will NOT be accepted:
    • Needles,
    • Thermometers,
    • Infectious waste,
    • Personal care products,
    • Business waste, and
    • Aerosol cans.
    Medications should be left in the original container and personal information should be removed.
    Special containers will be provided for proper disposal and law enforcement will be present. No signatures are required and no questions will be asked.
    This is the fifth collection held on Fort Leonard Wood and the first time the program is being held on a Friday, said Bruce Russell, General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital’s preventive medicine division administration officer.
    “In the past, the drug take-back event has taken place on a Saturday, but this year, the collection will take place Friday to make it easier for those who live and work on Fort Leonard Wood to participate,” Russell said. “Some of our staff travel very long distances and it is not realistic for them to travel all that way on Saturday just for the drug take-back. We are hoping that by holding the event on a Friday, we will provide more people with the chance to properly dispose of unwanted medications.”
    Fort Leonard Wood has disposed of 554 pounds of medication to date, and of that figure, 135 pounds were collected during the Sept. 29, 2012, drug take-back event, Russell said.
    For more information, call the General Leonard Wood Army Community Hospital preventive medicine division at 573-596-4913.
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