Friday, September 11, 2015

Drug Take-Back Event Planned for September 26th

On September 26th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. the Overland Park Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will provide the public with an opportunity to help prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous, with no questions asked.

Bring your medications for disposal to one of the following locations: 
  • 8500 Antioch Rd – Overland Park Police Department
  • 12400 Foster St – Overland Park Police Department
  • 7000 W 75th St – Price Chopper
  • 7418 W 119th St – Price Chopper
  • 6900 W 135th St – Hen House
  • 11700 W 135th St – Price Chopper
  • 7201 W 151st St – Price Chopper
 In the previous nine Take-Back events nationwide from 2010-2014 DEA, state and local partners collected 4,823,251 pounds or 2,411 tons of unwanted prescription drugs. There have been 7,393 pounds of pills taken back at Overland Park drop off locations since October 2011.
 
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposing of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—both pose potential safety and health hazards. 
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 their family member or pet 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.