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Just How Effective Are Prescription Drug Take Back Boxes?

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     Something *else* "take back" related.. Those boxes or containers used in prescription drug "take back programs".
     Many area agencies utilize.
     Including the Joplin Police Department.
     But just, how effective are they?
Two years ago, Kathie England-Hinds, Destin, died of an drug overdose -- opiates.
After that, she became very active in the community - helping families facing similar situations...and trying to prevent other tragedies.
Kathie England-Hinds: "I think I'm doing it in his name...so...and to save somebody else."
This Saturday is the "prescription drug take back day".
But Saturday isn't the only day you can drop off your unused prescriptions.
This box at the Joplin Police Department is available Monday thru Friday from 8:00 to 5:00.
Capt. Trevor Duncan, Joplin Police Department: "We see people everyday, multiple people everyday coming in and dropping off medication, and calling us to confirm they can bring it here, and it's very active, we get a lot of medication dropped off here that's not going to abuse or into the water system."
And Hinds says that's good news - because many times, those that forget, are leaving a ticking time bomb for children.
Hinds: "And those are the people that you don't necessarily think is going to take your prescription, you think it's going to be the person who's going to break into your house, or a stranger, or you know, anybody else, not your own children."
Duncan says the impact the boxes have - especially being available on a regular basis - is significant.
Duncan: "So, just from the shear amount of medication that we're taking in both in the drop box and at these events, we know that we're making a big impact."
As for safety - Duncan says the boxes are secure - and under continuous surveillance.

For a list of the take back locations this Saturday, click below:

http://www.koamtv.com/story/37924929/national-drug-take-back-day-april-28

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