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On April 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., the Olathe Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) provides another opportunity to prevent pill abuse and theft by ridding your home of potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.
Last September, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,200 sites operated by the DEA in coordination with thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In five previous take-back events, the DEA and the partners took in over 2 million pounds—over a thousand tons—of pills.
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, Americans are now advised that their usual methods for disposal of unused medicines—flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash—pose potential safety and health hazards.