On Saturday April 28, 2012, the Overland Park Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) sponsored a Take-Back initiative for prescription drugs. The event is aimed at preventing drug abuse, theft, and keeping these medications from getting dumped into our water supply.
During Saturday’s initiative, Overland Park residents turned in 28 garbage bags full of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, for a total of 706 pounds. This was double the amount turned in over the last three years combined (342 pounds).
“The amount of prescription drugs turned in by the American public during the past three Take-Back Day events speaks volumes about the need to develop a convenient way to rid homes of unwanted or expired prescription drugs,” said DEA Administrator Michele M. Leonhart. The DEA is working on new regulations which would provide daily take-back locations to the public.
Until new regulations are in place, local law enforcement agencies like the Overland Park Police Department and the DEA will continue to hold prescription drug take-back events every few months.