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Kansans drop off more than 2.5 tons of old medications during Take-Back Day

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2012, at 5:39 p.m.

Law enforcement statewide collected more than 2.5 tons of unused and expired medications during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, — the second highest amount gathered during the event’s two-year history, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said Wednesday.

Kansans turned in 5,334 pounds of the drugs at 70 locations across the state during the DEA’s fall initiative, held Sept. 29, Schmidt said. Nearly 10 percent of the amount — 518 pounds — was collected at three drop-off sites in Sedgwick County, the sheriff’s office said earlier this month.

The program has taken more than 2 million pounds of drugs out of circulation over the past two years, including more than 12 tons in Kansas, Schmidt’s office said. Authorities warn traditional methods for disposing expired, unwanted or unused medications — such as flushing or trashing them — may pose safety and health hazards.

The fall campaign was the DEA’s fifth national Prescription Drug Take-Back Day, according to the Associated Press. For information on dropping off unused medications year-round, contact local law enforcement.

Reach Amy Renee Leiker at 316-268-6644 or aleiker@wichitaeagle.com. Follow her on Twitter: @amyreneeleiker.

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