Law enforcement agencies across Eastern Jackson County reported that they collected nearly a ton of drugs – just less than 2,000 pounds – during Saturday's 14th National Drug Take Back Day.
In Independence, police collected 423 pounds of unused or expired drugs at the City Hall location. Three locations in Blue Springs netted 670 pounds, Grain Valley took in 148 pounds, Oak Grove 77 pounds and Sugar Creek about 50. In Lee's Summit, five locations netted 612 pounds. Across the area, the total was 1,930 pounds.
Grain Valley also had paper document shredding at its location, and police and volunteers there collected 3,500 pounds of paper.
The drugs were taken to an incinerator housed and operated by the Jackson County Sheriff's Office in northern Lee's Summit.
“Law enforcement agencies deal daily with the dangers of discarded prescription drugs, which are sometimes all too readily available to those most vulnerable,” Jackson County Sheriff Mike Sharp said in a release. “These drop-off sites offer an easy, no-questions-asked way to ensure these drugs do not fall into the wrong hands.”