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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day on Saturday

Ted Woodward
April 28, 2017 - 2:02 pm
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WICHITA, Kan. (KNSS) - Saturday, April 29, marks the semi-annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

From 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. on Saturday, local police officers, Sedgwick County sheriff's department deputies, and agents from the federal Drug Enforcement Agency will be available as citizens can bring them their expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for proper disposal. This initiative is free and anonymous -- there are no questions asked; they do not take liquids -- only pills and patches.

Wichita police Sgt. Nikki Woodrow says studies show the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Americans are now advised that the usual methods for disposing unused medications in the past, flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash, both pose potential safety and health hazards.

Drop-off sites on Saturday include the Oaklawn Activity Center, the Household Hazardous Waste Center, the Sedgwick County Zoo, and local police departments, including Haysville, Bel Aire, Derby, and Maize.

There are two locations in Wichita that also will take unwanted prescription drugs for disposal year-round: the Walgreens at Central & Hillside, and the Walgreens at Central & Maize.

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