Drug Take-Back Day: Turn-in unused medications Saturday at Lyndon, Overbrook

LYNDON, Kan. – Local law enforcement officers will join others across the state in collecting unused medications for safe disposal 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, April 27, 2019. The collection events are part of a nationwide effort to safely dispose of leftover medications to prevent accidental or intentional misuse.

In Osage County, the Osage County Sheriff’s Office, 131 W. 14th St., Lyndon, and Overbrook Police Department, 102 W. Santa Fe Trail, Overbrook, will be collection points for the national Drug Take-Back Day.

Since the Drug Take-Back Day program began in 2010, more than 81 tons of unwanted medications have been collected and destroyed in Kansas.

“Unused medications are dangerous for kids, pets and the environment,” Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. “Diversion of opioid painkillers, in particular, can contribute to the misuse of these drugs that has become a serious nationwide problem. Getting leftover medicines out of the medicine cabinets and safely destroyed keeps them from falling into the wrong hands and makes our communities safer.”

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. Nationwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates opioid overdoses kill 130 Americans every day. According to the Kansas Department of Health and Environment, pharmaceutical opioids are a leading cause of drug poisoning deaths in Kansas.

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. For more information about local collections of unused medications, contact the Osage County Sheriff’s Office at 785-828-3121.

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