For Release: 10-11-16
Prepared By: Michelle Williams
RAYTOWN POLICE DEPARTMENT TAKING BACK UNWANTED PRESCRIPTION DRUGS ON SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22
Raytown, MO – On Saturday, October 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Raytown Police Department, in cooperation with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and Missouri Rural Water Association (MRWA), will give the public an opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your pills for disposal to two local locations: City Hall parking lot, 10000 East 59th Street and Kenagy Park, 9700 East 79th Street (use 79th St Entrance). Please note: The Raytown Police Department Collection site cannot accept liquids, aerosols, needles or sharps, only pills or patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
In April 2016, the Raytown Police Department received 650 pounds of drugs during the Drug Take Back Day initiative. 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.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the October 22 Drug Take Back Day event, go to the DEA Diversion website or call the Raytown Police Department Community Services Unit at 816-737-6018.