Local law enforcement officials will once again be collecting unwanted prescription medications during a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Local law enforcement officials will once again be collecting unwanted prescription medications during a National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

The collection efforts will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday at various locations in the county.

People can turn in prescription drugs they no longer need.

"The community really takes advantage of that opportunity," Leavenworth Police Chief Pat Kitchens said.

He said the program provides a more controlled way to dispose of old medications rather than throwing them into the trash or flushing them down the toilet. He said holding on to old prescription drugs creates a risk of them falling into the hands of people who may abuse them.

The National Prescription Drug Take Back Day initiative is coordinated through the federal Drug Enforcement Administration.

The Leavenworth Police Department will set up a collection site Saturday at Price Chopper, 2107 S. Fourth St.

The Leavenworth County Sheriff's Office will be collecting unwanted prescription drugs at CVS Pharmacy, 390 Limit St.

Members of the Lansing Police Department will be accepting unwanted prescription drugs at Lansing City Hall, 800 First Terrace.

The Basehor Community Library, 1400 158th St., also will serve as a collection site.

Capt. Ben Ontiveros of the Lansing Police Department said the drugs dropped off Saturday at the local collection sites will be picked up by representatives of the DEA.

"The DEA comes and picks it up and they dispose of it," he said.

People who miss Saturday's National Prescription Drug Take Back Day event can still dispose of unwanted medications by visiting the Justice Center in Leavenworth during normal business hours.

The Sheriff's Office maintains a prescription drug collection receptacle at the Justice Center, which is located at 601 S. Third St.

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