October 22, 2014

Police collect 147 pounds of unused medications

Gardner Police officers collect unused prescription medications on National Prescription Drug Take Back day, Oct. 25. The officers gathered more than 147-pounds of expired or unused drugs. Submitted photo

Gardner Police officers collect unused prescription medications on National Prescription Drug Take Back day, Oct. 25. The officers gathered more than 147-pounds of expired or unused drugs. Submitted photo

Danedri Thompson
dthompson@gardnernews.com
Gardner Police collected more than 147 pounds of unused, expired and unwanted prescription drugs on Oct. 26.
Officers were stationed at a table at Price Chopper collecting unwanted medications.
They joined the efforts of the Drug Enforcement Administration and more than 360 law enforcement agencies nationwide during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.
Gardner’s haul of 147-pounds of unused medications added to the 9,777 pounds of prescription drugs law enforcement officers collected at 104 locations statewide.
“Safely disposing of these medications means they are no longer susceptible to accidental or intentional misuse,” Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said. “Kansans clearly recognize the importance of making sure these medications don’t fall into the wrong hands.”
Nationwide, officials collected nearly five tons of prescription medication. According to Schmidt’s office, 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, and studies show that a majority of busted prescription drugs are obtained from home medicine cabinets.
Citizens are advised against flushing unused medications or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards.
Unused prescriptions can be turned in year-round at many local law enforcement locations. The Oct. 26 event was the second this year for Gardner Police.
Officers gathered 126 pounds of medications during a similar event  last April, and the local police department tentatively plans to host another “Take Back” event next spring.

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