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National Drug Take-Back Day: Safely dispose of old or unneeded medications

Sheriff’s office to collect unused drugs Saturday

LYNDON, Kan. – The Osage County Sheriff’s Office is joining other law enforcement officials across the state in collecting unused leftover medications for safe disposal on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016. The Osage County collection will be 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the sheriff’s office, 131 W. 14th St., Lyndon.

The collection events are part of a nationwide effort to safely dispose of leftover medications to prevent accidental or intentional misuse. Since the program began in 2010, more than 45 tons of unwanted medications have been collected and destroyed in Kansas alone. The National Drug Take-Back Day is coordinated by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, which 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 increasing, 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. For more information about National Drug Take-Back Day or to search for a collection site near you, click here.

Information thanks to the DEA, Kansas Attorney General’s Office, and Osage County Sheriff’s Office.

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