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Nearly 6 tons of medications safely disposed of in KS

Published On: Apr 21 2014 11:28:27 AM CDT
Updated On: May 01 2014 03:22:06 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. -

Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt says nearly 6 tons of unused medication was safely disposed of during last weekends National Drug Take-Back Day.

The Office of The Attorney General says law enforcement collected 11,687 pounds of medicines at 117 locations throughout the state. The drugs are then turned over to the DEA who safely destroy the medications.

Sedgwick County residents dropped of nearly 600 pounds of expired or unused medications as part of the initiative.

The Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office said a combined 590 pounds of prescription drugs were collected during a four-hour event at three locations Saturday.

The event is a safe way to dispose of these unused medications.

Most unused prescriptions can be turned in year-round at many local law enforcement locations. You can contact your local sheriff's or police department for information.

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Unused medication will be collected across the state for safe disposal on Saturday, April 26, by law enforcement officers according to Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt.

You can drop off medications at sites across the state from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday. These locations include the Sedgwick County Zoo at 5555 West Zoo Blvd., the Household Hazardous Waste Center at 801 W. Stillwell and the Oaklawn Activity Center located at 4904 South Clifton.

Any expired, unwanted prescriptions or over the counter medications can be dropped off, but syringes will not be accepted.

The program began in 2010, collecting more than 22 tons of medications in Kansas alone. The initiative is part of a nationwide effort to safely dispose of leftover medications to prevent misuse.

"Getting these leftover medicines out of the medicine cabinets keeps them from falling into the wrong hands and makes our communities safer," Schmidt says.

The Federal Drug Enforcement Administration coordinates the National Drug  Take-Back Day.

If you are unable to dispose of your medication at a drop-off site on Saturday, most unused prescriptions can be turned in year-round at many local law enforcement locations. You can contact your local sheriff's or police department for information.

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