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      Drug drop box program has been a success for local sheriff's office

      A sheriff's office medication disposal project has been proven very successful over the past two years.

      Since August 2012, the Adair County Sheriff's Office has been using the permanent drug drop box program. Since its start, the office has collected almost 1,800 pounds of medications, making Adair County one of the most successful counties in the state when it comes to collecting unwanted or unused medications to be disposed of properly.

      "If you dispose of it in the trash then there's the possibility that individuals can go through someone's trash. That's been known to happen and then they recover the medications. The best thing to do is to bring into the sheriffs office Monday through Friday 8 to 5 and we'll dispose it properly and make sure this doesn't get in the water supply and things like this," said Adair County Sheriff Robert Hardwick.

      Hardwick thanks the community for the excellent response to this program, and he encourages everyone to keep the unwanted drugs coming.

      The program is sponsored by Missouri's Youth/Adult Alliance. You can find out more about them at

      Again, you can drop off any unwanted medications Monday thru Friday at the Adair County Sheriff's Office between the hours of 8 a.m. and 5 p.m., except for holidays.

      For more information on this program, you can call the Adair County Sheriff's Office or find them on Facebook.