Missouri Pharmacy Association
573.636.7522 ext. 227
Agencies Across Missouri Taking Back Unwanted Prescription Drugs Saturday, April 27
Jefferson City, MO (April 23, 2013) — On Saturday, April 27 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. pharmacists will be working with local agencies and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) throughout Missouri to establish Drug Take Back Day locations. This is the sixth opportunity in three years to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding your homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The DEA website has a full list of all locations searchable by zip code, city and state. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last September, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its five previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in more than 2 million pounds of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines-flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash-both pose potential safety and health hazards.
The Missouri Pharmacy Association (http://www.MORx.com), founded in 1879, promotes leadership, sharing, learning, and policy exchange among pharmacy leaders in the State of Missouri and provides education and advocacy to support pharmacists, patients, and communities working together to improve public health.