Sheriff’s office collects 51 pounds of unused prescription drugs

On National Drug Take Back Day, Oct. 22, 2016, the Osage County Sheriff’s Office collected 51 pounds of unused, expired or no longer needed medications. The collection event was part of a nationwide effort to safely dispose of leftover medications to prevent accidental or intentional misuse.

“Thank you to the citizens who brought those products in for a safer community,” said Osage County Sheriff Laurie Dunn.

The sheriff said another drug take back event will be held next spring.

“If citizens have medication they need to get rid of prior to the spring of 2017,” Dunn said, “we can take them and place them in a secured area until the next collection date.”

Unused prescription drugs can be dropped off 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday at the sheriff’s office, 131 W. 14th St., Lyndon.

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. 


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