Kansans safely destroy over 3.5 tons of unused prescriptions

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – More than 3.5 tons of unused prescription drugs have been safely disposed of in Kansas.

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said more than 3.5 tons of unused and unwanted drugs were disposed of on April’s National Drug Take Back Day.

AG Schmidt said federal Drug Enforcement Administration data shows Kansas law enforcement officers collected 7,362 pounds of drugs from 66 locations across the state on April 30.

“Safe storage and proper disposal are keys to preventing accidental or intentional prescription drug misuse,” Schmidt said. “Kansasians continue to recognize the importance of safely disposing of their unused medications at these medication take-back events. I appreciate the leadership of the DEA and local law enforcement in providing this service to Kansans.

Schmidt noted that the Kansans have safely destroyed more than 118 tons of medicine in the 22 days of collection held since 2010. He said that equates to nearly five tractor-trailer loads of unused medicine.

The AG said law enforcement hands over the drugs they collect to the DEA who then securely destroys them.

Schmidt said unused prescriptions can be returned year-round to various local law enforcement locations as well as a limited number of other locations. He said Kansans should contact their sheriff’s office or police department for more information on where they can dispose of unwanted drugs.

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