February 6, 2016

Law enforcement collecting unused meds today

Johnson County Sheriff’s deputies and local law enforcement will be collecting unused prescription medications at the Gardner Price Chopper this weekend.

Residents can drop off unused, unneeded or expired prescription medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the grocery store at 805 E. Main Street in Gardner.

In addition, in partnership with the Regional Prevention Center, The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office now has a permanent Prescription Drug Take Back Drop Box location at the Courthouse in Olathe.  This location is open 24 hours per day, seven days per week.


Sheriff Frank Denning said, Sheriff Frank Denning said, “Prescription drug abuse is an epidemic in our country and we have seen many lives taken too early as a result.  This program provides a safe and simple way for the community to continue the fight against prescription drug abuse.”

“We are proud to support the Johnson County Sherriff’s Office in this important initiative,” said Mike Halliwell, Director of Pharmacy for Ball’s Food Stores. “Our customers’ safety and well-being is extremely important to our Pharmacy team and we encourage our customers to take advantage of this opportunity.”

Tablets, capsules, and all other solid dosage forms will be collected at all locations.  Syringes that have had the needle removed will also be accepted.



  1. Why can’t we just flush them down the toilet?

  2. Jerry L Kellogg Sr says:

    Flushing old medicines down the toilet or throwing them away is poor advice and can pose safety and environmental hazards. Americans fill 3.7 billion prescriptions every year and the chemicals in them often end up in our water bodies and can cause harm to our food chain. Several years ago, a vast array of pharmaceuticals — including antibiotics, anti-convulsants, mood stabilizers and sex hormones — were found in the drinking water supplies of at least 41 million Americans. Most sewage treatment facilities do not remove these compounds, and major upgrades would be required to do so. Government regulations have not yet been established requiring the testing or setting of safety limits, leaving most bodies of water vulnerable to contamination.

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