Prescription Drug Abuse Prevention Education

The Linn County Health Department partners with local school and law enforcement to provide education about the rising issues associated with over-the-counter and prescription drug abuse.

What is prescription drug abuse?
Prescription drug abuse is when someone takes a medication that was prescribed for someone else or takes their own prescription in a manner or dosage other than what was prescribed. Abuse can include taking a friend's or relative's prescription to get high, to treat pain, or because you think it will help with studying.

This is becoming a nation-wide issue; parents and teens check out this site and learn the reality behind prescription and over-the-counter drug abuse!

How do I dispose of prescription drugs?

Flushing medications can cause several issues in septic systems and wastewater treatment plants. Also, municipal wastewater treatment facilities are not designed to remove all the ingredients from the medicines and untreated or partially treated pharmaceuticals are then released into nearby lakes, rivers or groundwater.

It is important to dispose of these medications properly; at times the HD has drug take-back days, watch our website for further information on these events. For more information on disposal of medications visit the Missouri Department of Natural Resources at or follow the link:

The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy at