Prescription drug abuse in the United States is increasing at alarming rate, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Safe Streets Wichita and Dandurand Drugstore are partnering together to fight the issue.
A permanent drug drop-off box has been added inside Dandurand for the safe disposal of prescription drugs.
According to the Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Office, prescription drug abuse is prevalent in Sedgwick County.
The sheriff’s office partners with the Drug Enforcement Administration every year, and hosts a Drug Take Back Day.
“We get great results from that,” said Lt. Tim Myers. “Just last year we collected over 5,000 pounds of prescription medications that were unwanted by people and turned in.”
Myers said it’s important people don’t toss unused or expired medications in the trash, flush them down the toilet or keep them in a medicine cabinet.
“A person that’s addicted to it, whether it be a teenager, a child or anybody else, they can get their hands on it,” Lt. Myers said. “So that’s why we think it’s important to have those locations to have the medication to drop off.”
The new drop-off box is inside Dandurand at 7732 E. Central. The other two permanent medication drop-off boxes are located at the Walgreens on Central and Hillside, and at the Walgreens on Central and Maize Road.