GALENA, Mo.-- A new incinerator in Stone County is taking care of unwanted prescription medication. The sheriff's and health departments have hosted periodic drop-offs for prescription drugs. But now that the county has its own has the incinerator, old prescriptions will be accepted anytime at the sheriff's department and at certain times at the city police departments in the county.
Kim King with the Stone County Health Department says the county is trying to keep old prescription medicine out of the "wrong hands." She says abuse of prescription drugs can cause overdose and death.
Authorities stress that the public should not dispose of old medicines down the toilet or sink, because of the potential environmental danger to the water supply.