TOPEKA – (April 25, 2011) – Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt is encouraging Kansans to get rid of unwanted prescription drugs by delivering them to an authorized drop-off site on Saturday, April 30.
National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is a nationwide event sponsored by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) and supported by many local law enforcement organizations. The DEA arranges for local drop-off sites on that day where people can deliver unwanted, expired or unused prescription drugs for safe disposal and without any questions asked. The service is free and anonymous.
“Many families have unused or expired medications gathering dust in medicine cabinets,” Schmidt said. “They can pose a safety risk to children, and disposing of them improperly can cause harm to our rivers, lakes and streams. National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day provides an opportunity for Kansans to dispose of unwanted medications safely, and I hope many Kansans will participate.”
Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that traditional methods for disposing of unused medicines – flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash – pose potential safety and health hazards and should be avoided.
The DEA has arranged for drop-off locations in many Kansas communities. For a list of participating drop-off locations, visit www.justice.gov/dea.