The Missouri Rural Water supply is working with utility suppliers throughout the state to host a Prescription Drug Take Back event.  Click to hear KMZU’s Sarah Scott talk with Spokesperson Brad Rayburn:

Brad Rayburn

Participants can drop off any unwanted or outdated prescription drugs on Saturday  between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.  at the Wal-Mart parking lot located at 1180  West 19th Street in Higginsville, at the Country Mart on Young Street in Warrensburg from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., and at the Brookfield High School from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Press Release Missouri Rural Water Association

Prescription Drug Take-Back Event Ensures Environmentally Safe Disposal

Spring and fall bring a newly established tradition to Missouri. That’s when communities assist the federal Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) in collecting unused and unwanted prescription drugs.

The Missouri Rural Water Association (MRWA) is once again helping spearhead this Prescription Drug Take-Back event at multiple locations throughout the State from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Saturday, April 28, 2012.
It is part of a nationwide movement to remove expired pharmaceuticals from medicine cabinets and the environment at large.
Unused prescription and over-the-counter drugs can fall into the wrong hands and easily become abused. Addiction affects all age groups and ethnicities.

In the environment, pharmaceuticals make their way to landfills when thrown in trashcans. Other instances see drugs flushed down toilets. Where water runs into a septic system, as in landfills, the medications can leach into the ground and end up in underground drinking water sources.

Where centralized waste treatment systems exist, such as wastewater plants or lagoons, pharmaceutical residues return to streams, lakes or rivers. Today’s technology cannot remove or neutralize the active ingredients of these drugs.

Occurrence data indicate the detection of antibiotics, anti-depressants, veterinary drugs, birth control hormones and other drugs in waterways across the United States.

Research suggests that hormones found in pharmaceuticals may cause abnormalities in the reproductive cycles of fish. Antibiotics in the environment may also contribute to development of drug resistant germs.

Unknown still are the effects these drugs pose to human health.

The MRWA, providers of technical assistance and training to drinking water operators in Missouri, takes a proactive stance when it comes to safeguarding the drinking waters of the State.

“That’s the water my children drink,” says MRWA Special Projects Circuit Rider Brad Rayburn. “That’s the water your children and grandchildren drink. The time to stop polluting our drinking water sources is now.”

The MRWA encourages communities to participate in this worthy event by hosting one or more collection sites and urges citizens to gather expired or unused medications and drop them off April 28th.

Since the original drive October 2010, there have been nearly one million pounds of pharmaceuticals collected nationwide. Local law enforcement officers oversee collection points and turn the drugs over to the DEA, which disposes of these medications through industrial incineration.

The MRWA provides technical assistance, training, resources and specialized services, such as source water protection guidance, to water and wastewater utilities throughout Missouri.


Jim Patton or Brad Rayburn

Source Water Protection Specialist Special Projects Circuit Rider
Missouri Rural Water Association Missouri Rural Water Association
901 Richardson Drive 573-300-8664 (cell)
Ashland, MO 65010 [email protected]


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