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Drug Take Back Day: Sheriff’s office to collect unused medications Saturday, April 24

LYNDON, Kan. – The Osage County Sheriff’s Office will join law enforcement officers at locations across the state in collecting unused medications for safe disposal on Saturday, April 24.

The collection events are part of a nationwide effort to safely dispose of leftover medications to prevent accidental or intentional misuse. The Drug Enforcement Administration is holding its 20th Take Back Day and invites the public to safely turn in expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 24, at designated collection sites including the Osage County Sheriff’s Office, 131 W. 14th St., Lyndon, Kan.

The Kansas Attorney General’s Office reported that since the Drug Take-Back Day program began in the state in 2010, more than 101 tons of unwanted medications have been collected and destroyed in Kansas alone.

With studies indicating a majority of abused prescription drugs come from family and friends, including from home medicine cabinets, clearing out unused medicine is essential.

“Prescription medications often end up in the wrong hands, fueling an epidemic that kills more Americans than car accidents,” said Special Agent in Charge Todd L. Zimmerman, head of DEA’s division responsible for Missouri, Kansas, and southern Illinois. “We have about 200 police departments in our region participating in this national event. That means everyone has the opportunity to help prevent drug abuse by cleaning out their medicine cabinets.”

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports that the U.S. has seen an increase in overdose deaths during the COVID-19 pandemic, with 87,200 Americans dying as a result of a drug overdose in a one-year period – Sept. 1, 2019 to Sept. 1, 2020, the most ever recorded in a 12-month period. The increase in drug overdose deaths appeared to begin prior to the COVID-19 health emergency, accelerating significantly during the first months of the pandemic.

The public can drop off potentially dangerous prescription medications at collection sites, which will adhere to local COVID-19 guidelines and regulations in order to maintain the safety of all participants and local law enforcement.

DEA and its partners will collect tablets, capsules, patches, and other solid forms of prescription drugs. Liquids (including intravenous solutions), syringes and other sharps, and illegal drugs will not be accepted. DEA will continue to accept vaping devices and cartridges at its drop-off locations if lithium batteries are removed.

Helping people dispose of potentially harmful prescription drugs is one way to reduce addiction and stem overdose deaths.

Find a location or learn more about National Prescription Take Back Day at www.deatakeback.com.

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