Kansans safely dispose of 5 tons of medicines

Prescription medications. (KSN file photo)
Prescription medications. (KSN file photo)

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – Kansans safely disposed of more than five tons of unused medicines during last week’s National Drug Take-Back Day.

Kansas law enforcement officers collected 10,574 pounds of medicines at more than 100 locations throughout the state during last Saturday’s event, according to a report from the federal Drug Enforcement Agency. Law enforcement agencies turn the drugs they collect over to the DEA, which safely destroys the medications.

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

Kansans have safely destroyed a total of 101,379 pounds of medications in the 12 collection days that have been held beginning in 2010.

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.