Multiple agencies work together to take back unwanted prescription drugs
On Saturday, April 30, 2016 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., local law enforcement agencies across the Kansas City metro area and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will give area residents the opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs.
Anyone may bring pills to one of over 70 metro area locations for proper disposal. The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills and patches. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. To find a drug take-back location, see a list by county (Northland locations below) or visit www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback.
Clay County Locations:
- Excelsior Springs Police Dept. – 301 S. Main – Excelsior Springs
- Kansas City Police Department – Shoal Creek Station – 6801 Pleasant Valley Road Kansas City
- Kearney Police Department – 725 West MO‐92 Highway – Kearney
- Liberty Police Department – Liberty Police Department – 101 E. Kansas Street Liberty
- North Kansas City Police Dept. – 2020 Howell North Kansas City
Platte County Locations:
- Lake Waukomis Police Dept. – 1147 NW South Shore Drive – Lake Waukomis
- Platte City Police Department – Price Chopper – 2600 Ensign Hill Drive Platte City
This will be the 11th national drug take-back day since 2010. Last September, Americans turned in 350 tons (over 702,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,000 sites operated by the DEA and more than 3,800 state and local law enforcement partners. Overall, the DEA and partner agencies have collected over 5.5 million pounds — more than 2,750 tons — of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue.
Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to misuse of these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, experts warn that disposing of unused medicines by flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash poses safety and health hazards.
For more information about the disposal of prescription drugs or about the Take Back Day event, visit the DEA Diversion website. If you are unable to participate on Take Back day, visit RecycleSpot.org to search for drop off locations near you after April 30.