Lee’s Summit Offers Two Locations for Drug Take-Back Day
The Lee’s Summit Police Department, in partnership with Lee’s Summit CARES, is offering two drive-thru locations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Oct. 24 as part of National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day. Unused medications can be safely and conveniently dropped off at the Lee’s Summit Police Department, 10 NE Tudor Rd., or Lee’s Summit Medical Center, 2100 SE Blue Pkwy.
Representatives from the Lee’s Summit Police Department will be at each location to accept the medications and answer questions. Accepted medications include prescription medications, patches and ointments; over-the-counter medications; vitamins; samples; and pet medications. Medications can be dropped off in their original containers, but it's encouraged to remove personal information. Needles, thermometers, inhalers and liquids will not be accepted.
A 2018 National Survey on Drug Use and Health found 9.9 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. This event helps get unused and unwanted medications out of the house and disposed of safely. Flushing prescription drugs down the toilet can be harmful to the environment.
Since the first National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day in 2010, nearly 13 million pounds of medication have been collected. In Missouri, 531,679 pounds of medication have been disposed of since the program began.