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Posted on: September 17, 2015

[ARCHIVED] Blue Springs partners with DEA to take back unwanted prescription drugs on September 26

Blue Springs, Mo. – The Blue Springs Police Department has partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and both Blue Springs Price Choppers to give residents an opportunity to rid their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 26 residents can bring unwanted prescription drugs to one of the following locations:

Cosentino’s Price Chopper – 1305 N. Highway 7
Cosentino’s Price Chopper – 1100 S. Highway 7
Blue Springs Municipal Annex – 1304 W. Main Street

This service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. Due to the drop-off nature of this program, no needles of any kind are accepted.

The Take-Back initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue and provides people with an opportunity to reduce the threat of drug abuse nationwide by disposing of expired prescription 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.

Last September, Americans turned in 309 tons (over 617,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. When those results are combined with what was collected in its eight previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners have taken in over 4.8 million pounds—more than 2,400 tons—of pills.


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