Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Prescription drug take-back day planned across Kansas this weekend

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt today encouraged Kansans to safely dispose of unused, unwanted medications this Saturday, September 29. Medications will be accepted for safe disposal at locations across the state as part of the semi-annual National Drug Take Back Day.

Law enforcement officials will be collecting medications at more than 50 locations throughout the state from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m.

“Unused prescriptions lingering in medicine cabinets pose a serious risk for accidents or abuse,” Schmidt said. “I encourage all Kansans to take advantage of this opportunity to safely dispose of their unwanted medications by visiting a drop-off site on Saturday.”

The National Drug Take Back Day is coordinated by the Drug Enforcement Administration in partnership with local and state law enforcement agencies. Nearly 10 tons of medications have been collected in Kansas in the four previous collection days.

Kansans can find their nearest drop-off location by visiting the attorney general’s website at www.ag.ks.gov.

Schmidt has also released a public service announcement to promote the prescription drug take back program, which can be viewed on the website.

Local locations in Wyandotte County can be found here.