300 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs collected in Lawrence during 'Take-Back Day'

Abuse of prescription drugs is alarmingly high.

Abuse of prescription drugs is alarmingly high. by thad-allender

More than 300 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs were collected Sept. 29 in Lawrence as part of “Take-Back Day” nationwide.

It was the fifth such event in Lawrence that gave residents the opportunity to safely dispose of expired, unused or unwanted medications. Sgt. Steve Lewis, of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, said it also reduces the opportunity for abuse and decreases the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses.

The “Take-Back Days” are coordinated by the Federal Drug Enforcement Administration and sponsored locally by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the Lawrence Police Department.

The State of Kansas now allows pharmacies to receive unwanted prescription medications, and some local pharmacies participate in the program. Residents are encouraged to check with their pharmacist to see if they participate and what they accept.

The City of Lawrence/Douglas County Household Hazardous Waste Program also accepts medications throughout the year, but have specific guidelines. To learn more about this program, call 832-3030.

Tagged: Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Take-Back Day, Lawrence Police Department, prescription drugs


Mark Zwahl 6 years ago

Think of all the insurance dollars that paid for all those prescriptions. I get some become unnecessary over time (e.g. pain killers one doesn't really need), but how many people fill prescriptions just because they're written? And this amount is likely the tip of the iceberg, given how many people did NOT turn them in...

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