A new cost-effective, easy to use method of disposing of prescription drugs will soon be available in Missouri. ACT Missouri and the Substance Abuse Prevention Network are providing the Deterra Drug Deactivation System to ten Regional Support Centers across Missouri.
In 2014, Missouri collected over 33,000 pounds of prescription medications through take-back events and permanent drop boxes. Each year this amount increases, and there is a concern that if these events do not continue, there will be a significant increase in medications available in homes that could lead to abuse. There is also the concern that people will return to disposing of these medications in ways that are unsafe. According to the 2014 Missouri Student Survey, 28.6% of students though it was very easy or sort of easy to obtain prescription drugs.