Local residents wanting to dispose of old prescription drugs during the upcoming National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will have plenty of locations to choose from.
Law enforcement agencies will be accepting unused, unwanted or expired medications from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 26 at various locations. The medications will be disposed by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.
Members of the Leavenworth Police Department will be accepting old prescription drugs at Price Chopper, 2107 S. Fourth St. No illegal drugs will be accepted.
The Leavenworth Police Department has taken part in a number of the drug take-back activities. Maj. Dan Nicodemus, deputy chief of the Leavenworth Police Department, said the last thing officers want is for unused drugs to be lying around where someone who shouldn't have access to them can get his hands on them.
Nicodemus said authorities also are concerned about unwanted drugs being flushed down a toilet and possibly affecting a water supply.
Simply throwing the drugs away also could lead to problems.
"Some people do go through the trash," he said.
Members of the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office will be accepting old prescription drugs at another Leavenworth location ― the Dillons store, 720 Eisenhower Road.
This will be the first National Drug Take-Back Day activity for the Sheriff's Office.
"We're more than happy to be involved," Undersheriff Jim Sherley said.
He said the Dillons location was chosen because the DEA was interested in having two sites within the city of Leavenworth.
The Lansing Police Department will be accepting old medications at Lansing City Hall, 800 First Terrace.
This will be the second time the Lansing police have participated in the program.
Lansing Police Chief Steve Wayman said the first time his department participated in April was a huge success. Officers filled six large boxes with old prescription drugs that were turned in.
"We take it no questions asked," Wayman said.
Elsewhere in Leavenworth County, National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day collection sites will be set up at Fort Leavenworth and in Basehor and Tonganoxie.