National Drug Take Back Day Sets Record In Topeka

By: 13 News, Suzie Gilbert
By: 13 News, Suzie Gilbert

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Topeka law enforcement officials say they collected a record number of prescription drugs on Saturday, the event, part of National Drug Take Back Day.

Topeka Police say they collected nearly 760 pounds of expired or unused prescription drugs. They say average events in the past have yielded around 180 pounds.

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Safely dispose of old or unwanted medications during Saturday's National Drug Take-Back Day.

The Drug Enforcement Administration is teaming up with state and local law enforcement agencies to take back unused or expired prescription medications.

In Topeka, you can drop off medicine from 10 A.M. to 2 P.M. at the Law Enforcement Center downtown. In Manhattan you will be able to drop them off at the Westloop Dillons and at the Lyon County Health Department in Emporia.

Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse. Participants may dispose of medication in it's original container or by removing the medication from is container and disposing of it into the disposal box. Intravenous solutions, injectables, and syringes will not be accepted.

After the drugs are collected, they will be turned over to the DEA for disposal. The service is free and anonymous.


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