Tomorrow’s the day to get rid of dangerous prescription drugs

The Kansas City Police Department and MainCor are planning another prescription drug take-back day tomorrow.

National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day

Saturday, September 29th, 10 am to 2 pm

MainCor Parking Lot at 3215 Main Street

Here are the details from MainCor.

 In partnership with the KCPD Central Patrol Division and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, MainCor invites you to safely dispose of your unused, unwanted, or expired prescription drugs at the Fall Drug Take-Back Event.

The drugs will be taken for safe disposal and the containers will be recycled by local veterinarians.

UMKC pharmacy students will be on hand to identify rare or unmarked substances.

All drugs*, prescription or over-the-counter are welcome.

This service is free, absolutely no questions asked.

(*If you will be disposing of syringes, please be sure they are in a safe container and that state that there are needles in the container before they are handed over.)

When prescription or over-the-counter drugs are thrown into the garbage or flushed down the sink or toilet, their chemical components may be added to the water supply or soil. The presence of these substances in the environment is becoming an important national and international issue.

Although the concentration levels of these products in the environment may be very low, they may be enough to have adverse effects on the environment and human health through cumulative, long-term exposure.

In four of Kansas City’s own streams and rivers, there have been measurable traces of over-the-counter drugs appearing in the water supply. The following is a brief description of the drugs discovered:

  • Sulfamethoxazole and Trimethoprim are antibiotics commonly used to treat urinary infections and sinusitis
  • Cotinine is an alkaloid found in tobacco
  • Codeine is an alkaloid found in opium
  • Carbamazepine is a medication to control seizures and treat nerve related pain
  • Cimetidine is used to treat stomach acid
  • Diltiazem is used to treat hypertension and arrhythmia

In addition, prescription pill abuse is now considered the fastest growing drug problem in the U.S.

Help protect yourself, others, and the environment by participating in this semi-annual event.

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