Archive for Monday, October 24, 2011

Prescription drug takeback is this week in Shawnee

October 24, 2011, 12:00 p.m.

Updated: October 26, 2011, 12:00 a.m.

Shawnee police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Association are giving the public an opportunity to dispose of expired unused or unwanted prescription drugs, no questions asked.

Medications can be dropped off anonymously, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Shawnee Police Department, 5850 Renner Road.

The Secure and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010 allows an “ultimate user” of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the U.S. attorney general to accept them.

Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including the home medicine cabinet, according to information from Shawnee police. Also, Americans are now advised that commonmethods for disposing of unused medicines — flushing them down the toilet or throwing them in the trash — pose potential safety and health hazards.

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