Johnson County Juvenile Office Consultant Patty Hasselbring spoke with KMZU’s Sandi Wilson about Drug Take Back day.
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Patty Hasselbring tells us what Drug Take Back Day is all about.
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Patty Hasselbring talks about what happens with the outdated medications after they are collected.
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Warrensburg Police are teaming up with Bi-Lo Country Mart and the Johnson County Juvenile Justice Collaboration to host Drug Take Back Day. Officials are encouraging area residents to clean out their medicine cabinets to get rid of old and expired drugs.

Johnson County Juvenile Office Consultant Patty Hasselbring says there will be a station set up right outside of the pharmacy area inside Bi-Lo where people can bring in their outdated prescriptions and over -the-counter drugs.

The Police Department is collecting old medications from 10-2 pm. The Drug Enforcement Administration will then take the drugs to properly dispose of them.

Press Release from the Johnson County Juvenile Justice Collaboration

Most prescription and over-the‐counter drugs should not be flushed down the toilet or disposed of in the sink. They can pollute the water supply and be harmful to fish and aquatic life. If discarded as trash, drugs can end up in the hands (and body) of a child or adolescent. Many people don’t realize that prescription drugs, used inappropriately, can be deadly dangerous.

Now  is  the  time  to  clean  out  those  old  prescriptions  and  get  rid  of  them  safely.  Bring  your  prescription  drugs – and old, unneeded over-the-counter drugs – to Bi-Lo Country Mart on Saturday, April 26, 2014.

Do Bring: Expired  or  unneeded  over-the-counter  medications. Any medication from a licensed pharmacist. Veterinary prescriptions that are no longer needed.

Don’t Bring: Illicit drugs (ex: marijuana, cocaine, etc.). SHARPS objects/needles. Radioactive medications or bio-hazardous  materials. Glass thermometers or other medical devices.

For further information about prescription drug abuse, contact ACT Missouri at 573‐635‐6669 or toll free 877-669-2280.

Online  resources: www.actmissouri.org, www.drugfree.org/notinmyhouse, www.drugfree.org, www.johnsoncountykids.org

The Johnson County Collaboration

The  collaboration  is  a  group  of  Johnson   County  organizations  working  together  to  look  at  how  the  system  for  serving  youth  in  Johnson  County  can  be improved.  As part of the Annie  E. Casey Foundation’s  nationwide  program,  the  Johnson  County  initiative  is  sponsored  by the Johnson County Juvenile Office. The Johnson County Collaboration includes  representatives  from  Johnson County  schools,  public  health,  mental health  services,  city  and  county governments,  law  enforcement,  clergy,   and  children’s  services.  For more information about JDAI: Bev Newman, Chief Juvenile Officer 660-422-7466.