The Drug Take Back Program is collecting prescription drugs today in Columbia. Ryan Worley, Coordinator of the Youth Community Coalition, is in charge of the program. He said unused prescription drugs can sometimes be accessible to and abused by family members if they are not disposed of properly.
“These are not safe to abuse. They are drugs they are powerful, and they should only be taken the way a doctor prescribes them,” Worley said.
The program runs twice a year in various locations across mid Missouri. So far, collections have taken place in Ashland, Columbia, Centralia, Hallsville and Sturgeon.
The last event in April collected nearly 650 pounds of prescription drugs with an estimate of more than 229,000 pills. Worley says the amount collected is increasing each time.