Saturday's a good day to safely dispose of old, unwanted prescriptions

Dan Weinbaum
October 26, 2018 - 6:50 am

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Law enforcement agencies from coast to coast are taking part in the second National Drug Take Back Day of the year on Saturday.

The message is, don't flush your expired, unused or unwanted prescriptions, turn them in. Tossing pills into the sewer eventually leads to trace amounts of drugs in the water supply.  

Another goal for Take Back Day is to keep drugs, especially opioids, out of the hands of people who don't need them.

"We don't want that to happen, so we want the public to know they can bring the medications to the police department and dispose of it," said Officer John Lacy with the Overland Park Police Department.

Every day is drug take back day, Lacy said.

The OPPD has two locations that will take prescription pills any day, no questions asked. Other police departments around the Metro have similar arrangements.

Nationwide in April 2018, Take Back sites collected 474.5 tons of prescription drugs. 

Visit the Take Back Day collection site locator to find a place to get rid of your unwanted medicines.

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