Keeping expired medicine from falling into the wrong hands was the focus of local law enforcement and youth organzations at east hills mall today, good evening, i'm brooke anderson... ...and i'm ron johnson, its part of a nationwide effort to ensure proper disposal of unwanted prescription medications, and with concerns over the opioid epidemic only growing, law enforcment say its a task that requires a renewed focus.
<<ron johnson reporting a steady trickle of cars came to the former sears parking of east hills mall saturday for a drive through unlike any other.
[angela we've had about 236 cars already go through today the st.
Joseph police department teaming up with the sheriff drug task force and the st.
Joseph youth alliance for a drive thru drug take back it's a good opportunity to get the unused medication out of cabinet so they don't end up in the hands of people who don't need them or own them.kids volunteering their time sorting through every bag of old prescription medication and recycling pill bottleswe are going to donate them to the social welfare board.while police stress the importance of these kinds of events, citing concerns over the current opioid epidemic in the state and across the country, they say everyone has to be aware now more than ever of ways people can get their hands on medications that they shouldn't they're not getting them from folks on the street but they're over at grandma's house she's got some painkillers she didn't use in the medicine cabinet.
The better job we can do at getting those medications out of our homes the better off we are.
Organizers of the take back say the message is sticking with people with each bottle of pills a sign of the difference they're making we've collected as much as 1000 lbs at a time at the take- backs.by making sure homes in the area are safer for families and children.
You know we really want to keep kids safe in our community.ron johnson kq2 news>> today's event ran until 2 this afternoon, if you missed it you can always take your expired prescription drugs to the law enforcement center on 5th and faraon