The Hannibal Police Department started a year round prescription drug take back program as part of the Bringing the “HEET” Initiative three years ago on April 1, 2016

The Hannibal Police Department started a year round prescription drug take back program as part of the Bringing the “HEET” Initiative three years ago on April 1, 2016.

After three years, the program has received 1,113 pounds of prescription drugs collected from the public. The drug take back program allows members of the public to drop off their unused prescription and over-the-counter medications at the Hannibal Police Department free of charge. No needles or syringes or liquid medications will be accepted. Th public only needs to take their unwanted medications to the front lobby of the Hannibal Police Department and an officer will be called to assist them. Collection times are between 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

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 drinking water and soil. In other cases, unwanted prescription drugs are sold illegally which creates another avenue for addictions and criminal activity to flourish.