Kansas law enforcement agencies to ‘take back’ unused medications

Prescription Drugs. (KSN File Photo)

TOPEKA (KSNW) – Law enforcement agencies statewide will be collecting unused leftover medications for safe disposal on Saturday, April 30.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in an online news release the collection events are part of a nationwide effort to safely dispose of leftover medications to prevent accidental or intentional misuse. Since the program began in 2010, more than 38 tons of unwanted medications have been collected and destroyed in Kansas alone.

“Unused medications are dangerous for kids, pets and the environment,” Schmidt said. “Getting these leftover medicines out of the medicine cabinets keeps them from falling into the wrong hands and makes our communities safer.”

In Sedgwick County, medications will be accepted between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 W. Zoo Blvd.; the Household Hazardous Waste Center, 801 W. Stillwell; and the Oaklawn Activity Center, 4904 S. Clifton.

To find locations outside of Sedgwick County, click here.

The National Drug Take-Back Day is coordinated by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, which collects and safely destroys the medications.

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