On Saturday, October 26th, the Overland Park Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) conducted another Take Back event. In an effort to prevent pill abuse and theft, they provide safe disposal of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs to residents of the city.
This was the seventh Take Back event we've participated in over the last three years and the number of prescription drugs turned in to the Overland park Police Department during that time period has now totaled a massive 4,851 pounds. On Saturday, we filled 76 boxes with unwanted medication which tipped the scales at just over 1500 pounds.
Last April, Americans turned in 371 tons (over 742,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at more than 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its six previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in over 2.8 million pounds—more than 1,400 tons—of pills.
The DEA is in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which amends the Controlled Substances Act to allow an “ultimate user” (that is, a patient or pet or their family member or owner) of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.