While some of the local law enforcement agencies say the amount of drugs collected this time was down, they still consider the recent National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day a success.
Members of the Leavenworth Police Department, Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office and Lansing Police Department set up collection sites Saturday as part of the national initiative. They accepted old and unwanted prescription medications. The drugs will be disposed of by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.
Leavenworth police officers accepted old prescription drugs at the local Price Chopper store. Maj. Dan Nicodemus, deputy chief of the Leavenworth Police Department, said 187 pounds of drugs were turned into police during the four hours they were set up at Price Chopper.
He said this was only about half of the amount collected when Leavenworth police officers participated in the program in April.
"Anything is better than nothing," Nicodemus said.
He said the Leavenworth police will continue to participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day program.
Members of the Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office accepted old prescription drugs at the Leavenworth Dillons store.
Undersheriff Jim Sherley said officers filled six boxes. When filled, each box probably weighed between 20 and 25 pounds.
This was the first time the Sheriff's Office participated in a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
"We intend to stay with program," Sherley said.
The Lansing police accepted prescription drugs at Lansing City Hall.
Lansing Police Chief Steve Wayman said about 40 pounds of drugs were turned into members of his department. He said this was about half of the amount the Lansing police collected in April.
"It's 40 pounds of stuff that's not getting thrown away or flushed," he said.
Collection sites also were set up at Fort Leavenworth, Basehor and Tonganoxie.