From: Hannibal Police Department
Date: April 4, 2018
Contact: Chief Lyndell R. Davis
HPD Drug Take Back Program 2nd Year Anniversary
The Hannibal Police Department as part of the Bringing the “HEET” Initiative began a drug take back program in April of 2016. In the first two years of offering the service we have collected 539 pounds of primarily prescription drugs brought in by the public. Citizens are offered the opportunity and encouraged to drop off their unused prescription and over the counter medications at the Hannibal Police Department. No needles or syringes or liquid medications will be accepted. Citizens should 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 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.