300 pounds of unwanted prescription drugs collected in Lawrence during 'Take-Back Day'
- on October 3, 2012
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 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.