Blue Springs, Mo. – On Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Blue Springs Police Department and both Blue Springs Price Chopper locations will give residents an opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous unused, expired and unwanted prescription drugs. This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Participants can bring unwanted medications for safe disposal to:
• Blue Springs Police Department, 1100 SW Smith Street, Blue Springs, MO
• Consentino’s Price Chopper, 1100 S. Highway 7, Blue Springs, MO
• Consentino’s Price Chopper, 1305 N. Highway 7, Blue Springs, MO
Due to the drop-off nature of this program, no needles will be accepted.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that deteriorate in homes 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, friends and found in home medicine cabinets. 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—pose potential safety and health hazards.
For more information, contact Sergeant Mike Russell at 816-220-2692. To learn more about the national Drug Take Back program, please visit www.takebackyourmeds.org.
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