Event keeps prescription drugs out of wrong hands

SIKESTON (KFVS) - Statistics show one in five teens have abused a prescription medication. With that in mind, a Sikeston group is making it a little harder for local teens to get their hands on the drugs.

On Friday the Mission Missouri Coalition held the first "Prescription Take Back" event in this area.

The idea, to help the community get rid of unused prescription drugs, and keep them out of the hands of teens.

The Coalition is working with the Scott County Sheriff's Department to make sure they could dispose of the drugs in a safe and legal way.

Both groups say they had a better then expected turnout.

The Coalition also created a "Parents Who Care House."

It's an area set up to let parents know about possible danger zones where kids can get their hands on prescriptions in the home.

The "Prescription Take Back" event runs from March 19-21, 2010.

They'll be there Saturday from 10am to 5pm or Sunday from 1pm to 5pm.

The Coalition is at the corner of Malone and Kingshighway in Sikeston.

The group plans to hold events in New Madrid and Mississippi Counties next.

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