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Posted on: October 22, 2018

Harrisonville Police Department to participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

For the sixth year in a row, the Harrisonville Police Department will partner with the United States Drug Enforcement Agency as they participate in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

The event is scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday April 27.

Due to high turnout in the past, unused prescription drugs can be dropped off at two locations; at the Harrisonville Police Station, located at 205 N Lexington Street, and at CVS, located at 300 S Commercial Street.

Only pills and patches will be accepted at the event, as the DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps.

After the drugs are collected, they will be handed over to the DEA who will take it to a facility to be incinerated.

Chris Osterberg, a Lieutenant with the Harrisonville Police Department says the event is a valuable tool to help keep the community safe.

“They need a good, safe way to dispose of the medication, and flushing it down the toilet or down the sink and putting it into our water system is not a good way to deal with it. So, instead of trying to put it back on the individual citizen to find out or figure out what to do with this (prescription drugs), we offer this service twice a year,” Osterberg said.

The department also offers a 24-hour drop-off box inside the lobby of the police station for anyone who is unable to attend the event.

Osterberg also says the program helps the department by keeping the drugs off the street. During 2018 prescription drug take back events, the department brought in over 400 pounds of medications. 

“On the criminal side, yeah, it definitely helps, because the less medication we have on the streets running loose, the less problems we’re going to have. In some cases when individuals pass away, those medications sometimes do fall into the wrong hands…and then they ultimately will end up out on the road,” he said.
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