The April 30 drug take back program netted more than 100 pounds of unused or undesired prescription drugs.
“The Gardner community has always been very receptive to this program,” said Sgt. Steve Benz, Gardner Police Department.  “Residents and visitors have utilized the program each and every time Gardner PD and Price Chopper have participated in it.
“We hope that the DEA is able to continue to sponsor the program for many years to come.”
“The division saw an increase of 3,800 pounds (collected),” said Benz.  “We collected a little less than last Fall, bringing in 158 pounds in September of 2015 versus 110 pounds this time. “
Overall, about five boxes of prescription drugs totaling 110 pounds were collected locally; 81,543 pounds in division; and 13,894 pounds in Kansas, or 17 percent of the total in this division were collected, Benz said. There were 423 agencies at 573 sites within the Drug Enforcement Agency’s St. Louis Division (KS, MO, IL, IA, SD, and NE) that participated.
This program relieves the public of having to find alternative ways to dispose of their unwanted medications, Benz said. The DEA incinerates these collected medications.  Flushing them down the toilets or throwing them out with the garbage are not acceptable solutions, as the practices are potentially dangerous to the general public, and could be hazardous to the environment.