People who have leftover medications clogging up the medicine cabinet will be able to legally and safely dispose of them at six Sedgwick County locations Saturday.
Sites are also available in surrounding counties.
The collection is part of an effort called National Take Back Day sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration. The idea is to help people get rid of old drugs so that they won’t be a continuing danger to individuals or the environment.
Leftover drugs are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse, Kansas Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a statement.
Local officials say throwing the medications in the trash or flushing them down the toilet can cause environmental hazards.
“Unused medications are dangerous for kids, pets and the environment,” Schmidt said. “Getting these leftover medicines out of the medicine cabinets keeps them from falling into the wrong hands and makes our communities safer.”
Since the drug take-back day started as an annual event in 2010, Kansans have disposed of more than 22 tons of leftover medications, Schmidt said.
Collection sites will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at these locations in Sedgwick County:• Household Hazardous Waste facility, 801 W. Stillwell, Wichita
• Oaklawn Activity Center, 4900 S. Clifton
• Bel Aire Community Building, north entrance, 7651 E. Central Park
• Haysville Police Department, 200 W. Grand
• Maize City Hall, 10100 W. Grady
• McConnell Air Force Base, Base Exchange, open to military ID holders only, (retired, dependent, Reserve/National Guard)
In other counties:• Butler: Rose Hill City Hall, 125 W. Rosewood, Rose Hill
• Harvey: Harvey County Sheriff’s Office, 120 E. 7th Street, Newton
• Sumner: Argonia Police Department, 210 S. Main, Argonia; Belle Plaine Police Department, 419 N. Logan, Belle Plaine; Caldwell Police Department, 14 W. Central, Caldwell; Conway Springs Police Department, 310 W. Spring, Conway Springs; Oxford Police Department, 121 S. Sumner, Oxford; Wellington Police Department, 200 N. C Street, Wellington