Parson signs bill at Springfield pharmacy to create a drug take-back program

Gov. Mike Parson of Missouri signed into law on Friday a bill that establishes a prescription drug take-back program in the state. While previously area pharmacies could not take back prescriptions they did not dispense, the new program permits drop-off boxes for unused or unwanted prescriptions at pharmacies approved by DEA.

Gov. Mike Parson of Missouri signed into law on Friday a bill that establishes a prescription drug take-back program in the state. While previously area pharmacies could not take back prescriptions they did not dispense, the new program permits drop-off boxes for unused or unwanted prescriptions at pharmacies approved by DEA. In addition, the measure limits certain initial prescriptions of opioids to a 7-day supply for the treatment of acute pain, and it states that prescribers must tell patients about the risks associated with opioids. "This (drug take-back) program is a simple addition that makes it easy for individuals to take action. Too many friends, family members and neighbors have been taken by surprise," Parson said. "We are committed to fighting this drug epidemic and we will continue working with leaders of the House and the Senate and other experts to identify solutions and help keep treatment for those in need."