The Miller County Health Department, Miller County Cares and local law enforcement will have three stations available Saturday morning for drug drop off.
Bruce Jenkins, the Miller County Health Department administrator, says some drugs will not be taken.
“The drugs they can’t bring are medication from anyone who does not reside in your home,”Jenkins said. “Don’t bring illicit drugs like marijuana, cocaine or anything like that, sharps like needles that may have been used for diabetes, radioactive medication, biohazard materials, glass thermometers.”
“We’re really just taking prescription liquid and pills I guess is the easiest way to describe it.”
Jenkins says Miller County cares, a year old coalition of concerned citizens, wants to help kids make the right decisions.
“We also kind of related it to that fact that kids taking illegal drugs or drugs that are mind altering are making bad decisions. Getting pregnant as a teenager if you are a male or a female gets pregnant, it’s still a bad decision and we are just all about giving kids the best chance of making the best decisions possible.”
Ultimately the goal is to take away the possibility of bad choices.
“We’re concerned about the teenagers getting hold of drugs that grandma or dad have or mom has in their medicine cabinets. Say for an example they went and got their teeth worked on and the dentist gives them five or six Codeine pills or something for pain, they use one and leave the rest in the medicine cabinet.”
“We want to get those away from tempting children and teenagers from grabbing those and using them illegally.”
Prescription drugs will be taken from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Eldon Community Center, Iberia American Legion hall, and the Lake Ozark city hall.