HANNIBAL, Mo.-- A prescription take-back program will be offered at five different locations next week in Northeast Missouri.
The take-back program is sponsored by the Northeast Missouri Narcotics Task Force in cooperation with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.
The task force says the take-back program "will provide a place for residents to safely and legally dispose of prescription or over-the-counter drugs that are no longer needed."
The task force says no medications from businesses -- such as pharmacies or doctors' offices -- will be accepted. Only medications from individuals can be dropped off.
Participants need not be a local resident to take part.
The take-back programs will be offered at the following times and locations:
º Tuesday, April 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hannibal Clinic in Hannibal.
º Tuesday, April 23, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Hannibal Regional Hospital.
º Thursday, April 25, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Senior Nutrition Center in Monroe City.
º Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the County Market in Canton.
º Saturday, April 27, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the C&R Supermarket in Shelbina.
The task force says participants can drop off medications from anyone living in their household. The medications may include controlled substances, liquids containing medications and medicated ointments or patches.
The following items, however, will not be accepted: Illegal drugs, such as cocaine or marijuana; sharp objects, including needles; pre-filled syringes; radioactive medicines; biohazardous materials; glass thermometers or other medical devices; prescription inhalers.
The task force said the take-back program is being held "to increase awareness of prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse issues facing our area's youth and to help eliminate prescription drugs that are no longer being used."
The task force says the home's medicine cabinet "is the most popular source for medications of abuse."