September 2, 2014

Sheriff’s office establishes prescription drug drop box

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.
The drop box is located just inside the east entrance to the Johnson County Courthouse. The service is free and open to any Johnson County resident and will be available 24 hours per day. There is no paperwork to fill out, just come in and drop off any unused, unwanted or expired medications.
“Teens and young adults access the majority of prescription drugs of abuse from friends and relatives. Adults can be the unknowing suppliers of prescription medications being used in unintended ways. We are thankful for another opportunity for our community to be able to dispose of medications in a safe and environmentally responsible way. Working in partnership with the Sheriff’s Office we hope to help reduce access to potential medications of abuse,” said Shana Burgess, director of the Regional Prevention Center of Johnson County.
Johnson County Sheriff Frank Denning said, “I am proud to have partnered with the Regional Prevention Center to bring a permanent drop box to the county, this is one more way we can help make a difference in the fight against prescription drug abuse.”
During the April 2012 Prescription Drug Take Back Day, the sheriff’s office in conjunction with Hen House Markets collected over 740 pounds of prescription drugs in a one day event.

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