Kansans dispose of more than 3.5 tons of unused medicines

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On Wednesday, May 11, Kansans safely disposed of more than 3.5 tons of unused and unwanted medicines during last month’s National Drug Take-Back Day, said Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt.

Kansas law enforcement officers collected 7,362 pounds of medicines at 66 locations throughout the state during the April 30 event, according to a report from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

“Safe storage and proper disposal are the keys to preventing the accidental or intentional misuse of prescription medications,” Schmidt said. “Kansans continue to recognize the importance of safely disposing of their unused medicines during these Drug Take-Back events. I appreciate the leadership of the DEA and local law enforcement agencies in providing this service for Kansans.”

Kansans have safely destroyed more than 118 tons of medications in the 22 collection days that have been held since 2010. That is the equivalent of nearly five semitrailer loads of unused medication. Law enforcement agencies turn the drugs they collect over to the DEA, which safely destroys the medications.

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

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