Thursday, October 9, 2014

Kansans safely dispose of nearly 4 tons of medicines

TOPEKA, KAN. ---- Kansans safely disposed of nearly 4 tons of unused medicines during last month’s National Drug Take-Back Day, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.

Kansas law enforcement officers collected 7,452 pounds of medicines at 105 locations throughout the state during last month’s event, according to a report from the federal Drug Enforcement Agency. Law enforcement agencies turn the drugs they collect over to the DEA, who safely destroys the medications.

“The ongoing efforts by Kansans to properly dispose of unneeded medications continue to make our state safer,” Schmidt said.

Since the semi-annual event began in 2010, Kansans have safely destroyed 63,666 pounds of medications.

Unused prescriptions can be turned in year-round at many local law enforcement locations. Kansans should contact their local sheriff’s office or police department for more information.