Prescription drug take-back locations will be open in Camdenton, Osage Beach and Eldon on Saturday, April 21, 2018.

Local law enforcement is saying the biggest Lake of the Ozarks drug problem isn’t on our streets; it’s in our medicine cabinets. Children are accidentally taking our meds, teens are experimenting with them and improper disposal is polluting our water. Every day, 40 Americans die from prescription drug misuse, more than heroin, meth and cocaine combined.

The Center for Disease Control has concluded that prescription drug take back programs are the most effective way to fight this problem. Project Healthy Living and local law enforcement have partnered to set up a drug disposal event April 28. The intent is to provide an easy way for residents to remove expired, unwanted or unused medications from the home.

A convenient drive-thru drop off event has been scheduled for Saturday, April 28 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the following locations: Camdenton High School parking lot, School of the Osage Middle School parking lot and next to the Eldon Public Safety Building (2nd Street). The first 50 people at each drive-thru location will receive free pill cutters. Permanent year-round secure drug collection boxes are available at the Sheriff’s Offices in Camden, Miller and Morgan Counties and the Police Departments in Eldon, Iberia, Lake Ozark, Laurie and Osage Beach.

All drop offs are free and people will remain anonymous. Only law enforcement officials will handle the medicine and they will safely dispose of 100 percent of it. No sharp objects or needles, thermometers, liquids or aerosol cans will be accepted.