Missouri laws make drug take back essential

A pharmacist at Rogers Pharmacy pours a bottle of pills into a pill counter on Thursday afternoon. The Drug Take Back is this Saturday at East Hills Shopping Center.

Odds are, most people probably have at least one prescription that they didn’t use in their medicine cabinet.

That’s what makes Prescription Drug Take Back Day an important one for many people around the county.

The Prescription Drug Take Back Day will happen Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m to 2 p.m. in the parking lot of the East Hills Shopping Center.

The event is a statewide program where local law enforcement agencies and social service organizations team up with the Drug Enforcement Agency to corral community members controlled or uncontrolled substances.

The event is hosted twice a year, with the last one in St. Joseph coming in October of last year.

Rex Robinson is a pharmacist at Rogers Pharmacy in St. Joseph and he said when he has worked the event in previous years there has been a large turnout.

“If it’s convenient and you can go to the mall and drop off medications, by all means, go and take care of it,” said Robinson.”People want to get rid of that stuff, they’re looking for an outlet for it.”

The Prescription Drug Take Back Day became a larger deal in Buchanan County due to the fact that there are no prescription drop-off centers available in the area.

In many other states, there are drop-offs located at Walgreens and CVS locations, or the local branch of law enforcement will come and safely dispose of it, but that is not the case in Buchanan County. Robinson said there are various restrictions in place for pharmacies as well.

“The restrictions make it so prohibitive that not too many pharmacies that I’m aware of are participating,” Robinson said. “I hope for in the future that pharmacies can do that.”

If you would like to dispose of unwanted medications during a period of time that there is not a The Prescription Drug Take Back Day event, Robinson said to make sure you dispose of them correctly.

“Take the medications out of its original container, put them in a nonlabeled container. Maybe add a little water to help dissolve them or throw coffee grounds in them, what have you. Then double box it and put it out in your trash,” Robinson said.

Zach Barrett can be reached at zach.barrett@newspressnow.com. Follow him on Twitter: @NPNowBarrett.