Prescription Drug Drop-Off Can Save Lives

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. --- If you have old prescription medications sitting in your cabinet, police officers want you to give it to them.

National Take Back Day is this Saturday, September 29, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and there will be drop-off bins set up at police stations and certain supermarkets across the Kansas City area.

This is the fifth year the Drug Enforcement Agency has sponsored the event. Last year American dropped off more than 276 tons of prescription medications at more than 9,900 sites.

Police say that medicines languishing in your cabinet can lead to misuse and abuse.  Officers say children can get a hold of these drugs and suffer an accidental poisoning; someone you know might steal the drugs to feed a drug addiction and suffer an overdose.

Police want you to take old medications off your shelves and give the drugs to them so they can incinerate them. They ask you not flush them down the toilet or throw them in the trash for fear of contaminating the environment.

Metro cities taking part in Take Back Day include Kansas City, Mo., Lee’s Summit, Mo., Shawnee, Kan., and Olathe, Kan. You can also drop of prescription drugs at select Price Chopper, Hen House, Hy-Vee, CVS and Walgreens stores.

To find a drug drop-off location nearest you, visit justice.gov/dea.

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