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.
Patty Hasselbring talks about what happens with the outdated medications after they are collected.
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says there will be a station set up right outside of the pharmacy area inside Bi-Lo where people can bring in their outdated prescriptions and over -the-counter drugs.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.
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.