This Saturday is National Drug Take-Back Day. Locally, the McPherson Police Department will be accepting unwanted prescription pills between the hours of 10:00 and 2:00 this Saturday, October 22, at the Law Enforcement Center located at 1177 W. Woodside in McPherson.
The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
These collection events are part of a nationwide effort to safely dispose of leftover medications to prevent accidental or intentional misuse.
“Unused medications are dangerous for kids, pets and the environment,” Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. “Getting these leftover medicines out of the medicine cabinets and safely destroyed keeps them from falling into the wrong hands and makes our communities safer.”
Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. 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.
The National Drug Take-Back Day is coordinated by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, which collects and safely destroys the medications. Since the program began six years ago, more than 45 tons of unwanted medications have been collected and destroyed in Kansas alone.