National Prescription Drug Turn-In Disposal Day is Saturday, April 26, and several Eastern Jackson County cities will be hosting prescription drug drop-off events.
Residents of Blue Springs, Grain Valley, Independence and Sugar Creek have an opportunity to safely dispose potentially dangerous, expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs.
This is when and where the drop-off events will take place in each city on Saturday:
From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., participants can bring unwanted medications for disposal to either the Blue Springs Municipal Court Building, 1304 Main St. in Blue Springs; Consentino’s Price Chopper, 1100 S. Missouri 7, Blue Springs; or Consentino’s Price Chopper, 1305 N. Missouri 7, Blue Springs.
This service is free and anonymous. No questions will be asked, according to the city of Blue Springs news release.
Grain Valley Police Department is hosting a drug turn-in disposal event from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Grain Valley City Hall parking lot, at 711 Main St. Citizens can bring their old prescriptions and over the counter medications for safe disposal. No syringes will be accepted.
Grain Valley residents will also have the opportunity to bring up to three boxes or sacks of unwanted personal documents for shredding. Shred-it mobile trucks will shred documents free of charge from 9 a.m. to noon at the same location. However, the shredding drop-off event is only available for residents and all persons employed in Grain Valley. They must show proof of residency or employment at the event.
Law enforcement and banking sponsors will also be on site to offer tips on how you can protect yourself against identity theft.
Independence Police are having a drug take-back collection site at the north parking lot of Independence City Hall, 111 E. Maple Ave. in Independence. People will be able to drop their drugs off in a drive-through lane without leaving their car at no cost from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. No questions will be asked, either.
A second collection site will also be available in Independence. Stadium Pharmacy, 4811 S. Arrowhead Drive, is also participating by adding drop-off boxes inside their business.
For more information about the two Independence events, contact Independence Police Sgt. Phil Hininger at 816-325-7279.
Sugar Creek Police will set up drug drop-off collection bins at the front lobby of the police department, 1001 Heroes Way in Sugar Creek, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Residents can safely dispose of their unwanted or expired prescription drugs into one of the bins.
According to a city of Blue Springs news release, Americans turned in 371 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,800 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners last September. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are alarmingly high, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs.
This disposal initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue, said both Blue Springs Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration. The DEA is also in the process of approving new regulations that implement the Safe and Responsible Drug Disposal Act of 2010, which allows a patient or pet or their family member or owner of controlled substance medications to dispose of them by delivering them to entities authorized by the U.S. Attorney General to accept them. The Act also allows the Attorney General to authorize long-term care facilities to dispose of their residents’ controlled substances in certain instances.