Monday, September 29, 2014

Final DEA Sponsored Drug Take-Back Event a Success

Last Saturday, Overland Park participated in another successful drug take-back event, but unfortunately, this will be the last event sponsored by the DEA (Drug Enforcement Agency).

During Saturday's event, we collected over 300 pounds of unused, unwanted or expired medication. Although the DEA announced in late August they'll no longer sponsor nationwide collection events, Overland Park and Johnson County residents still have several options for medication disposal.

The DEA has now authorized certain DEA registrants (manufacturers, distributors, reverse distributors, narcotic treatment programs, retail pharmacies, and hospitals/clinics with an on-site pharmacy) to collect unwanted medications from the public beginning on October 9th. The rule change creates a process for DEA registered pharmacies and hospitals to collect medications year-round without the need for law enforcement to be on-site. The rules also define how the hospitals/pharmacies must collect and dispose of the medications.

A press release with this information was posted on the DEA website on September 22nd. You can view it at:

In addition, Overland Park residents now have a permanent and convenient location to dispose of excess, expired, prescription and over-the-counter medications. In a partnership with the Johnson County Regional Prevention Center, we've established a permanent Prescription Drug Take Back Drop Box, located inside the Sanders Justice Center (12400 Foster Street). The hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 am until 4:00 pm.

Johnson County also has three other locations that offer permanent drop off sites:

Johnson County Sheriff's Office - Courthouse
125 N. Cherry Street in Olathe

Shawnee Police Department

5850 Renner Road in Shawnee

Lenexa Police Department
12500 W. 87th Street in Lenexa