KDHE Outlines Medication Disposal Program

By: AP/WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)
By: AP/WIBW (Posted by Melissa Brunner)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP/WIBW) _ Two Kansas agencies have developed a program
intended to make it easier for residents and long-term care
facilities to safely throw out unwanted medications.

The Kansas Medication Disposal Program was created by the state
pharmacy board and the Kansas Department of Health and Environment.

The Kansas Medication Disposal Program will make collection centers available across the state for people to dispose of uncontrolled medication. KDHE Secretary Robert Moser says the goal is to dispose of drugs properly. He says the program will mitigate environmental hazards posed when drugs would be thrown away in the trash can or disposed down into the sanitary sewer system which then could impact drinking water. It also strives to reduce the growing problem of prescription drug abuse among young people.

Pharmacies and household hazardous waste sites will enroll as collection centers in the next few weeks.


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