Sixty-five Kansas law enforcement agencies will host DEA-sponsored Drug Take Back Days to provide a safe, anonymous collection of controlled and non-controlled substances on Oct. 23. Additionally, the Kansas Board of Pharmacy offers the Kansas Medication Collection & Disposal Program improves patient safety by providing convenient, safe and environmentally responsible options for disposing of unused and expired medications throughout the year.
Proper disposal reduces medication accumulation in the home and the subsequent risk of unintentional poisoning, drug abuse and diversion. According to the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 9.7 million people misused prescription pain relievers, 4.9 million people misused prescription stimulants, and 5.9 million people misused prescription tranquilizers or sedatives in 2019. The survey also showed that a majority of misused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.
Find a DEA National Drug Take Back site near you at https://takebackday.dea.gov
To find a Kansas Board of Pharmacy-authorized collection site or to become a collector, visit https://pharmacy.ks.gov/k-tracs/pharmacists/medication-collection-disposal
. Authorized collectors must have a Kansas Board of Pharmacy registration to possess Schedule II controlled substances and a corresponding DEA permit.