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Dispose of Unused Prescription Medications at Various Locations Saturday

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Saturday, October 27, is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.  The Drug Enforcement Administration started the event to provide a safe way to dispose of unused or expired prescription drugs.

Several sites in Springfield are serving as drop off sites, and there are other drop-off locations in southwest Missouri as well.   

According to the Community Partnership of the Ozarks, which is hosting Drug Take Back Day events in Springfield, allowing people to dispose of meds safely helps eliminate potential public safety concerns and contamination of our water supply. There is no cost for disposal, and all medications, except sharps, inhalers and glass containers, are accepted free and anonymously. Labels and personal information are not required to be removed from packaging. Pharmacists and law enforcement will be available at each site to answer any medication disposal-related questions.

You can find a place to take your unneeded medications here.