TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – Law enforcement officers at locations across the state will be collecting unused leftover medications for safe disposal on Saturday, October 28, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said today.
The collection events are part of a nationwide effort to safely dispose of leftover medications to prevent accidental or intentional misuse. Since the Drug Take-Back Day program began in 2010, more than 58 tons of unwanted medications have been collected and destroyed in Kansas alone.
“Unused medications are dangerous for kids, pets and the environment,” 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.”
Medications will be accepted at drop-off sites across the state from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.
Sedgwick County drop-off sites are:
- Sedgwick County Zoo – 5555 W. Zoo Blvd.
- Household Hazardous Waste Center – 801 W. Stillwell
- Oaklawn Acrivity Center – 4904 S. Clifton
To find another location, visit www.ag.ks.gov.
The National Drug Take-Back Day is coordinated by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, which collects and safely destroys the medications.