Shawnee Co. Sheriff’s Office helps community get rid of unwanted prescription drugs

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) – Saturday was National Drug Prescription Take Back Day and the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office is committed to making the community safer.

The Sheriff’s Office has set up two drop off points at the Mission Township Fire Department and the Soldier Township Fire Department.

Prescription Drug Drop-off Day allows the community to bring in any unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal, no questions asked, and at no cost to them.

By 2 p.m., Mission Township had twelve boxes full of prescription drugs that they collected throughout the day.

Craig Cochran, deputy with the Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office, said turnout was high, with the usual number being just seven or eight boxes.

“This is a public safety issue because drugs can fall into the wrong hands and lead to addiction, potential excesses, and even children can get access to them,” Cochran said. “We want to make sure the kids don’t get it and we want it to end up in good hands, that’s why we take it and dispose of it safely.”

The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office also has a drop box you can leave your prescription medications in throughout the week, located in their lobby.

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