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Successful Drug Take Back Day

By Lindsey Henry, lhenry@ky3.com
Published On: Dec 24 2013 12:14:23 PM CST
Updated On: Oct 26 2013 06:22:32 PM CDT

Drug Take Back Day is a huge success in Greene County as the Drug Enforcement Administration collects more than a thousand pounds of prescriptions.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- -

Murita Looney's husband passed away from heart problems, but his medicine remained in the cabinets.  Looney brought in more than 25 old bottles to the bi-annual Drug Take Back Day drop off spot at Orchard Hills Pharmacy.

"My husband was very sick, he took lots of medicine and he passed away this last January, I had all of that medicine and I just didn't want to keep it around because of my grandson" says Looney.

Pharmacist and shop owner Jeff Goetzinger says keeping these pills away from children is just one of the benefits

"A lot of people need to dispose of some of their old medicine but they don't know what to do with it and there really aren't any good options except for events like this" says Goetzinger. "You never know how curious they get I mean he doesn't prowl around in things but you never know, you don't want to take a chance" agrees Looney.

Seven locations like this one set up throughout town collected more than 1,100  pounds worth of prescriptions. Greene County officers bring the heavy bags to the DEA and there they will be incinerated. Folks collecting old bottles and pills say this is the easiest and safest way to make sure you and your loved ones are safe from outdated medicine.

"This keeps it off the streets, gets it out of the cabinets, people aren't taking old expired medicine, people might hang onto stuff a little longer than you should and then it also keeps it out of the hands of folks that shouldn't have it too" says Goetzinger.

The county collected 1,500 pounds of medicine last spring and they say they plan on doing another drug take back day at the end of April.