Where to properly dispose of your unused prescription drugs

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Mark your calendar for April 29th. It’s ‘National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.’  It’s a day many cities and organizations will use to help citizens dispose of unused or unwanted prescription drugs.

In the Kansas City Northland, The Northland Coalition, with the support of Tri-County Mental Health Services, is offering a free and anonymous service.

The Take Back event offers the community another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by getting rid of prescriptions that are potentially dangerous, expired, or unused.

There are 12 permanent drop box sites at the following locations:

Excelsior Springs Police Dept. Lobby
301 South Main, Excelsior Springs, Mo 64024
(816) 630-2000
Permanent Drop Off hours: Open 24 hours daily

Gladstone Police Dept.
7010 N. Holmes, Gladstone, Mo. 64118
(816) 436-3550:  Drop Off hours: Open 24 hours daily

Kearney Police Dept.
725 W. 92 Highway, Kearney, Mo. 64060
(816) 628-3925
Drop Off hours: M-F 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
and 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.

KCMO Police North Patrol Lobby
1001 NW Barry Road, Kansas City, Mo. 64155
(816) 437-6200 Drop Off Hours: Open 24 hours daily

KCMO Police Shoal Creek Patrol Lobby
6801 NE Pleasant Valley Rd., Kansas City, Mo. 64119
(816) 413-3400 Drop Off Hours: Open 24 hours daily

Lawson Police Dept.
103 W. 3rd St., Lawson, Mo. 64062
(816) 580-7210  Drop Off Hours: M-F 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
(Advised to call before coming.)

Liberty Police Dept. Lobby
101 E. Kansas St., Liberty, Mo. 64068
(816) 439-4716 Drop Off Hours: Open 24 hours daily

North Kansas City Police Dept. Lobby
2020 Howell Street, North Kansas City, Mo. 64116
(816) 274-6013 Drop Off Hours: Open 24 hours daily

Platte County Sheriff’s Office Lobby
415 Third Street, Platte City, Mo. 64079
(816) 858-2424 Drop Off Hours: M-F 8:00 a.m. -5:00 p.m.

Richmond Police Dept.
205 Summit St., Richmond, Mo. 64085
(816) 776-3575; Drop Off Hours: M-F 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Riverside Police Dept. Lobby
2990 NW Vivion Road, Riverside, Mo. 64150
(816) 741-1191 Drop Off Hours:  24 hours daily

Smithville Police Dept. Lobby
107 West Main Street, Smithville, Mo. 64089
(816) 532-0500 Drop Off Hours: M-F 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

The Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America (CADCA) says the most commonly abused prescription medications include opioids and pain relievers such as hydrocodone (Vicodin®) and oxycodone (OxyContin®); barbiturates and benzodiazepines including diazepam (Valium®) and alprazolam (Xanax®); and stimulants including dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine® or Adderall®) and methylphenidate (Ritalin® or Concerta®).

For those unable to use the Prescription Drug Take Back boxes in their area, the following method of disposal is recommended:
Remove and shred labels from the bottles. Crush pills and mix them with coffee grounds or kitty litter. Place the mixture in a sealed container and dispose of it with trash

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