Friday, April 29, 2011

National Prescription Drug Takeback Day - Saturday, April 30, 2011

On Saturday, April 30, 2011, 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 second annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. This is an opportunity for you to safely empty your medicine cabinet of drugs you no longer need or have expired. This includes 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.
• 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 those who abuse cocaine, hallucinogens and heroin combined.

For this one-day only event, the Overland Park Police will offer two prescription drug collection sites:
- The Sanders Justice Center, 12400 Foster
- Myron E. Scafe station at 8500 Antioch.

Discarding your expired or unused prescription drugs is easy. Simply walk into either Overland Park Police facility and drop them in a box. No questions asked. Tablets, capsules and all other solid dosage forms will be accepted. Intravenous solutions, injectibles and syringes will not be accepted.
Please share this information with your family and friends.

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