Keeping prescription drugs out of the hands of street sellers is of the goal of the "Got Drugs Program" and it's made its way to our area.
Officials are encouraging everyone to take advantage of the free disposal opportunities as part of the National Drug Take Back Day campaign. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, Kansans have turned in more than 12 tons of medications in the past two. Boxes were placed in several locations for drop off of the medications
Joplin police say illegal prescription drug use is growing and with the safe disposal bins, they hope drugs don't fall into the wrong hands.
"Mis-use of prescription narcotics is something that's out there and we see quite frequently. We hope with this prescription take back program more of those drugs come into be destroyed and less off the street" says Sgt. Jared Delzell.
The Joplin police department has two bins for disposing prescription medicines year round -one each in its north and south offices.