Drug Takeback Day Nets 2.5 Tons Of Unused Meds In Kansas

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - An effort to keep unused medications out of the wrong hands netted tons of success.

The Kansas Attorney General's Office says mroe than 2.5 tons of unused medications was brought in statewide during the Sept. 29 National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

Local law enforcement staffed 70 locations throughout the state, collecting 5,334 pounds of drugs. It was the second-highest amount Kansas has collected during the semi-annual event.

"Thanks to the work of our local law enforcement officials, these drugs are no longer lingering in medicine cabinets, risking accidents or intentional misuse," Attorney General Derek Schmidt said in a statement.

Authorities will now safely dispose of the drugs. Health experts now say previously accepted methods of disposing of unused medications, such as flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, may not be safe.

Prescription drug abuse rates have been steadily increasing in the United States.