National Take Back effort gathers 375 pounds of medication in Sedgwick County

Law enforcement officials in Sedgwick County collected 375 pounds of expired or unused medication during a National Take Back initiative Saturday.

Residents could drop off the medication at one of three locations around the county between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The program was sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration, in cooperation with the Sedgwick County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities have begun having these medication return programs because the rates of prescription drug abuse are increasing at alarming rates around the country, officials say. Many residents may not be aware of how to properly dispose of their unused medications. Flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away creates a potential safety and health hazard.