(WIBW) - Lyon County health officials are urging residents to get old prescription drugs out of their homes.
Flint Hills Community Health Center and the Lyon County Health Department will host Operation Rx Take Back from 10 am to 2 pm Saturday, Oct. 29. People can bring unwanted, outdated or unused medication to 420 SW 15th Ave. in Emporia for proper disposal.
Operation RX Take Back is an event put on by the Emporians For Drug Awareness, FHCHC/LCHD, the Lyon County Sheriff’s Department and the Emporia Police Department. It's held in conjunction with the Emporians for Drug Awareness Red Ribbon Week. The group call it an opportunity for the community to unite and take a visible stand against drugs.
The nationwide event began in 2009 under the supervision of the United States Drug Enforcement Agency. Over the past two years, nationally Operation Take Back has collected more than 245,000 pounds of unwanted, unused drugs. The program is being run in large part due to statistics that show prescription drug abuse is fast becoming the largest drug problem within the United States.
"Prescription drug abuse is the nation's fastest-growing drug problem and take-back events like this one are an indispensable tool for reducing the threat that the diversion and abuse of these drugs pose to public health," said Gil Kerlikowske, the U.S. Director of National Drug Control Policy.