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Kansans safely dispose of nearly 6 tons of medicines

TOPEKA – (May 1, 2014) – Kansans safely disposed of nearly 6 tons of unused medicines during last weekend’s National Drug Take-Back Day, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.

Kansas law enforcement officers collected 11,687 pounds of medicines at 117 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, who safely destroys the medications.

“Kansans recognized the importance of safely removing these unused drugs from medicine cabinets, where they could be accidentally or intentionally misused,” Schmidt said. “These medicines are now out of harm’s way and on their way to safe destruction.”

The total was the most that has been collected on a drug take-back day, surpassing the previous record of 10,193 pounds collected at last April’s event. Since the semi-annual event began in 2010, Kansans have safely destroyed 56,214 pounds of medications.

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.