Five area law enforcement agencies reported that they collected a combined total of more than 2,500 pounds of unused, expired and unwanted medications during Saturday's bi-annual National Drug Take Back Day.
The Jackson County Sheriff's Department collected 41 boxes totaling 988 pounds at five sites in Lee's Summit, including the sheriff's office and Lee's Summit Police Department.
Independence Police filled 22 boxes with medication totaling 442 pounds. Blue Springs Police collected 872 pounds worth of drugs at three locations, and Grain Valley and Oak Grove police reported 110 and 90 pounds, respectively.
The grand total for the five agencies was 2,503 pounds – about 1 1/4 tons. Buckner also had a collection event Saturday but had not reported a total as of Monday evening. Drug Take Back events are designed to give citizens a secure method to dispose of extra medications and avoid potential abuse of misuse of prescription drugs.