Kansans safely disposed of more than six tons of unused and unwanted medicines during National Drug Take-Back Day on Oct. 24, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said.. Gardner also participated.
“We did participate in the National Rx Takeback event on October 24th,” said Sgt. Steve Benz, GPD public information office. “ It had been cancelled back in April of 2020 due to Covid-19 concerns.”
Kansas law enforcement officers collected 12,214 pounds of medicines at 80 locations throughout the state during the event, according to a report from the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.
“Gardner PD turned in 92 pounds of collected medications to the DEA after this event,” Benz said. “This included prescription and over the counter products, as well as pet medications that were no longer needed by the citizens participating.”
“ This was the 19th national event, and Gardner PD has participated in every one of those collection events,”
Benz continued. “They usually take place every April and October.  These events are always a big success in Gardner, and nationally, and we are always excited to be part of them. ”
Safe storage and disposal are important for old medications.
“Safe storage and proper disposal are the keys to preventing the accidental or intentional misuse of prescription medications,” Schmidt said. “Kansans continue to recognize the importance of safely disposing of their unused medicines during these Drug Take-Back events. I appreciate the leadership of the DEA and local law enforcement agencies in providing this service for Kansans.”
Kansans have safely destroyed a total of 203,034 pounds of medications in the 19 collection days that have been held since 2010.
Unused prescriptions can be turned in year-round at many local law enforcement locations as well as a limited number of other locations. Kansans should contact their local sheriff’s office or police department for more information.