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Communities host drug take-backs in hope of ending substance abuse epidemic

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HANNIBAL, Mo. (WGEM) -

From prescription to over the counter, medicines of all shapes and sizes were collected Wednesday at the first Drug Take Back Event in Hannibal.

A drug take back gets expired or un-needed medications out of your home and disposed of in a safe way.

For the past several years, these programs have removed thousands of prescription pills from our streets.

One of the goals is to help people safely dispose of older medications, which not only may be ineffective if they are expired, but also can be a dangerous temptation if left around the house.

Alaina Tippey, health promotions coordinator at the Adams County Health Department said, "We're seeing an increased substance abuse epidemic in Adams County especially with prescription medication. Theft of medication is a huge deal right now so one of the ways we can combat that is to have a place for people to dispose of their medication."

And, by bringing in your unwanted or out-dated pills, you can help fight back against this epidemic.

"Prescription drugs are something that is very addictive and people will take them, steal them, sell them, whatever they can. So, I think the more opportunities we have to take these un-used, unwanted, un-needed types of medicine off the street the better we are," said Adams County Sheriff Brent Fischer.

When turned in, the items will be accepted with no questions asked.

Accepted at the take back are: all medications, including prescription and over the counter medications, including controlled substances, liquids containing medications, prescription inhalers and medicated ointments or patches. If possible, bring medications in their original packaging to avoid additional processing.

Not accepted at the take back are: illicit drugs, sharp objects including needles, radioactive medicines, biohazardous materials, and glass thermometers or other medical devices.

On Saturday, September 29, Quincy, Liberty, Payson, Palmyra and Canton will hold their own drug take back days.

In Palmyra you can drop off your medications at Shopko on Ross Street from 10am-2pm.

In Canton you can drop off your medication at Canton Public Library on Lewis Street from 10am-2pm.

In Quincy, you can drop off your medications at the Quincy Mall from 10am-2pm.

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