Monday, September 20, 2010

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

On Saturday, September 25, 2010, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, the Overland Park Police Department, in conjunction with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), will participate in the first ever National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. This is an opportunity for you to safely empty out your medicine cabinet of drugs you no longer need or have expired, including prescription drugs that contain controlled substances.

Did you know:
• Unused or expired prescription medications are a public safety issue, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and abuse.
• Tablets, capsules and all other solid dosage forms will be accepted. Intravenous solutions, injectibles and syringes will not be accepted.
• Pharmaceutical drugs, particularly controlled substances, taken without a prescription or doctor's supervision can be just as dangerous as taking illicit drugs.
• 1 in 10 high school seniors have used the prescription painkiller Vicodin for non-medical purposes.
• More Americans abuse prescription drugs than the number of those abusing cocaine, hallucinogens and heroin combined.
For this one-day only event, the Overland Park Police will offer two prescription drug collection sites: Sanders Justice Center, 12400 Foster and the Myron E. Scafe station at 8500 Antioch. Discarding your expired or unused prescription drugs is easy. Simply walkin to either Overland Park police facility and drop them in a box. No questions asked. Please share this information with your family and friends.

For more information or to find a collection site near you, go to and click on the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day icon.