TOPEKA – (November 15, 2011) –Kansans turned in 3,809 pounds of unused prescription drugs during the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on October 29, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today. This was the highest total amount of medications collected in Kansas since the program began last year.
“Unused medications lingering in medicine cabinets have the potential to be misused,” Schmidt said. “Kansans took this opportunity to properly dispose of these medications to make our homes safer.”
Local law enforcement officials collected the unused medications at 60 locations throughout the state. The program was sponsored nationwide by the Drug Enforcement Administration, which collects and safely destroys the medications. This was the second collection day scheduled this year.
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.