Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Prescription Drug Take Back Day to be held April 27 in KCK

News Release

The Wyandotte County Sheriff's Department and Kansas City Kan., Police Department are participating with the United States Drug Enforcement Agency for a prescription drug take back scheduled on Saturday, April 27, 2013.

Residents are encouraged to take unwanted, unused, or expired prescription drugs to dispose of safely.

This service is free and anonymous with no questions asked. On April 27 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. residents can take unwanted prescription drugs to the following locations in Kansas City, Kan.,:

  • DeGoler Pharmacy at 2040 Hutton Road
  • Hen House at 8120 Parallel Ave.
  • Walgreens at 7739 State Ave.
  • DeGoler Pharmacy at 5701 State Ave.
  • Walgreens at 2850 State Ave.
  • DeGoler Pharmacy at 21 N. 12th Street in Bethany Medical Center
  • Bond Pharmacy at 3017 Strong Ave.
  • CVS Pharmacy at 4645 Shawnee Ave.

Other partners for this event include Kansas City Kansas Community College, Regional Prevention Center of Wyandotte and Leavenworth County, Livable Neighborhoods, DeGoler Pharmacy, Hen House, Walgreens, Bonds Pharmacy, and CVS Pharmacy.

This initiative is an effort to address a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.

Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.

In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines-flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash-both pose potential safety and health hazards.