TOPEKA – (May 5, 2011) – Kansans turned in 3,382 pounds of unused prescription drugs during the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day last Saturday, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.
“Saturday’s event was a big success,” Schmidt said. “Kansans across the state took this opportunity to turn in their unused, unwanted and expired prescription medications. Kansas is a little bit safer today now that these medications have been properly disposed.”
Local law enforcement officials collected the unused medications at 55 locations throughout the state. The program was sponsored nationwide by the Drug Enforcement Administration, who collects and safely destroys the medications.
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.
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.