Get Rid of Expired or Unwanted Prescription Drugs on Sept. 26

September 18, 2015

KANSAS CITY, Kan.— The rate of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. is high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. To prevent pill abuse and theft – and to reduce the safety and health hazards that come with unsafe disposal methods – The University of Kansas Hospital, Public Safety Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) will collect those drugs for free and no questions asked on Saturday, September 26 during National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.

To participate, bring your potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs to The University of Kansas Hospital Main Entrance, 2015 W. 39th St., from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Please note, the DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps, only pills or patches.

During last September's collection, Americans turned in 309 tons (over 617,000 pounds) of prescription drugs at nearly 5,500 sites operated by the DEA and more than 4,000 of its state and local law enforcement partners. That combined with the amount from the previous eight events results in over 4.8 million pounds of pills collected.

Understanding prescription medications

Did you know that medications are the cause of half of all poisonings in adults over the age of 60? To keep your family safe, follow these guidelines when dealing with prescription medications:

  • Be aware of all medications in your house. Keep them out of sight and reach of children. Do not keep medicines in your purse.
  • Read labels carefully and take the medication as directed.
  • Make sure you understand how to use and store your medications. If you have questions ask your pharmacist.
  • Each time you get a prescription filled, double-check it to make sure you received the correct medication and dose.
  • Keep all medications in their original, child-resistant containers.
  • Don't take medications in the dark.
  • Never take someone else's medication.
  • Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking vitamins or herbal products as some can interact with prescription medications.

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