The annual Atchison County Drug Take-Back Day is set for Saturday, June 4, 2016, at three sites in the county. All unused or unwanted pharmaceuticals are accepted, including veterinary, prescribed, and over-the-counter drugs. Drop-offs are anonymous; no records are made and no questions are asked.
The locations and times of collection are as follows: Fairfax – 8 to 9:30 a.m. in front of Community Hospital Fairfax; Tarkio – 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Farmers State Bank parking lot; Rock Port – 12 noon to 1:30 p.m. in front of the Melvin Transport Office on Main Street.
Law enforcement officials say unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse. Pharmaceutical drugs can be just as dangerous as street drugs when taken without a prescription or doctor’s supervision. The non-medical use of prescription drugs ranks second only to marijuana as the most common form of drug abuse in America.
The majority of teenagers abusing prescription drugs get them from family and friends and the home medicine cabinet. You could be a drug dealer and not even know it. Unused prescription drugs thrown in the trash can be retrieved and abused or illegally sold. Unused drugs that are flushed contaminate the water supply. Antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers, and sex hormones have been found in the drinking water supplies of 41 million Americans. The drugs have also been discovered in deep underground aquifers of 24 states tested, including Missouri. Public and private waste water systems are not designed to remove these drugs from the water before it is discharged into rivers, streams and lakes.
The Atchison County Take-Back Day is an annual event sponsored by Community Hospital Fairfax Auxiliary and the Atchison County Sheriff’s Department.