Turn in your unwanted medications at take-back event April 26
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April 16, 2014
Turn in your unwanted medications at take-back event Saturday
The Kansas City Police Department is joining with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to sponsor a drug take-back event this Saturday.
Police will be at locations throughout the City from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to collect unused prescription and over-the-counter medicine. Those turning in the medicines won’t even have to get out of their cars. They can just hand the drugs over to police, no questions asked. Police will not track who turns in what. All forms of medicine (liquids, pills) will be accepted, with the exception of needles. The D.E.A. will incinerate the drugs.
Kansas City Police collected 770 pounds of drugs at the last take-back event in October, more than any other city in Missouri.
Turning in unwanted and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications to police is the safest and most environmentally friendly way to dispose of them.
“Don’t throw them away,” Detective Donie Hoffman said. “There’s a misconception if you put it in cat litter, it will degrade it. That’s not true. If you flush it down the toilet, it gets into our water and ecosystem. … And we don’t want controlled-substance prescription medications getting in the wrong hands.”
Detective Hoffman said families who recently have had loved ones pass away after a prolonged illness especially could benefit from the take-backs. These individuals often are prescribed multiple controlled substances, and the take-back ensures no one else can abuse them.
The Kansas City, Mo., locations where people can drop off the drugs are:
· CVS – 2435 Independence Ave.
· MainCor Parking Lot – 3215 Main St.
· Hen House – 6430 N. Chatham
· Price Chopper – 8430 Wornall
· CVS – 11124 Holmes
· North Patrol Division – 1001 NW Barry Rd.
· Shoal Creek Patrol Division – 6801 NE Pleasant Valley Rd.
There are permanent drop-off boxes at the Shoal Creek and North patrol division stations.
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