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Law Enforcement Agencies To Collect Unused Medication, Vaping Supplies

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Law enforcement agencies will collect unused prescription medications as part of a Drug Take-Back Day program on Saturday.

Vaping devices and vape cartridges are also being accepted.

The nationwide program, coordinated by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, has collected unused and unwanted medications since 2010. In Kansas alone, more than 88 tons of prescription drugs have been collected through the Take-Back Days program, according to a news release.

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment says opioids are a leading cause of drug overdose deaths. Officials say the proper disposal of opioids and other unwanted prescription drugs can help prevent drug misuse and abuse.

KDHE says studies have shown that a large number of abused prescription drugs are obtained from the family medicine cabinet.

The following locations will take collections from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday:

  • Bel Aire City Hall, 7651 E. Central Park
  • Walmart, 3030 N. Rock Road
  • Walmart, 11411 E. Kellogg Dr. North
  • Andover Police Department, 909 N. Andover Road
  • Dillons, 9450 E. Harry
  • Sedgwick County Hazardous Waste Facility, 801 W. Stillwell
  • Walmart, 501 E. Pawnee
  • Oaklawn Activity Center, 4900 S. Clifton
  • Sedgwick County Zoo, 5500 W. Zoo Boulevard
  • Maize Police Department, 10100 Grady
  • Walmart, 10600 W. 21st St.
  • Rose Hill Police Department, 125 W. Rosewood St.
  • Augusta Police Department, 2100 Ohio St.
  • Haysville Police Department, 200 W. Grand Ave.
  • Harvey County Sheriff’s Office, 120 E. 7th St. North, Newton
  • Cheney Police Department, 525 N. Main,

Mya Acosta is an intern in the KMUW News Lab.