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Harry S. Truman Memorial Veterans’ Hospital


Drug Take-Back, Simple and Fast

Members of the Drug Take-Back team pose for a photo with early collections.

Drug-Take Back volunteers pictured left to right: Radhika Poreddy, Health Systems Specialist Intern; Jennifer Lynch, Crime Prevention Officer with MU Police; Steven Starks, VA Police; Tim Anderson, Patient Safety Manager; Angie Erdel, PharmD, Staff Pharmacist; and Karen Iadanza, Program Assistant in Research.

Monday, November 8, 2010

On Saturday, November 6, Truman VA joined the community-wide Prescription Drug Take-Back event in collaboration with the Youth Community Coalition, the Boone County Sheriff’s Department and other law enforcement agencies. The VA site took in 8,272.5 unwanted items which include pills, tablets, inhalers, vials, creams and a few other odd items—a broken pencil and a tooth. Regardless of the type of item, the process was simple:

1. Clean out your medicine cabinet
2. Drive to Truman VA
3. Sign a voluntary release form
4. Leave your meds

Most visitors arrived with a bag of unwanted medications for disposal, but each person was in and out in less than five minutes.  Seven other area take-back sites included: Hickman High School and Rock Bridge High School of Columbia, Centralia Community Room, Hallsville Intermediate School, Harrisburg High School, Southern Boone County High School in Ashland and Sturgeon Middle School.



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