JEFFERSON CITY, MO (KDKZ-TV) Both chambers of the Missouri Legislature advanced programs Wednesday that would make it easier for people to get rid of unused prescription drugs.

According to the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services – almost 1,000 Missourians died in 2016 because of an opioid or heroin overdose. This has prompted Missouri Lawmakers to move forward on a drug take-back program.

Both the House and the Senate have given initial approval in voice votes to bills that would allow local pharmacies to have disposal boxes for pills and medications – provided the site is approved by the Drug Enforcement Agency. Pharmacies are currently prohibited from taking prescriptions they did not dispense. There are some differences between Senate bill 826 and House bill 1618.

Both the House and the Senate must vote on their proposals again before either bill is sent to the opposite chamber.

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