The Missouri Department of Corrections Probation and Parole will partner with The Hannibal Police Department (HPD) in the Bringing the “HEET” Initiative's efforts to safely dispose of unused medications.

The Missouri Department of Corrections Probation and Parole will partner with The Hannibal Police Department (HPD) in the Bringing the “HEET” Initiative's efforts to safely dispose of unused medications.

As part of the initiative, the HPD began a drug take back program in April of 2016. In the first two years of offering the service, HPD collected 539 pounds of primarily prescription drugs brought in by the public. The Hannibal Police Department has collection times between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Missouri Department of Corrections Probation and Parole Hannibal Community Supervision Center is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, offering extended collection hours during all hours. Citizens should take their unwanted medications to the front lobby of the Hannibal Community Supervision Center, at 2002 Warren Barrett Drive, where a prescription medication drop box is located.

If requested, a staff member can assist them. Proper disposal of unwanted medications is important to prevent abuse that in many cases can evolve to people seeking out illegal street drugs such as heroin. Other concerns are the environmental issues due to medications being flushed down the toilet or sink which can release toxins into our drinking water and soil. In other cases, unwanted prescription drugs are sold illegally which creates another avenue for addictions and criminal activity to flourish.