Sedgwick County officers collect more than 500 pounds of prescription drugs

10/01/2012 5:10 PM

10/01/2012 5:11 PM

More than 500 pounds of expired and un-used prescription drugs were turned in this past weekend to Sedgwick County authorities.

Working with the Drug Enforcement Administration, Sedgwick County sheriff’s officers held an event Saturday in conjunction with the National Take-Back Initiative. Locally, there were three drop-off locations on Saturday in the Sedgwick County area.

On a national level, the rates of prescription drug abuse are increasing as is the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses. Flushing the unused drugs down the toilet or throwing them away create safety and health hazards.

All told, 518.5 pounds of drugs was collected.

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