Local residents turned in nearly 700 pounds of unused prescription drugs this past weekend at collection sites set up in Leavenworth County, according to law enforcement officials.

Local residents turned in nearly 700 pounds of unused prescription drugs this past weekend at collection sites set up in Leavenworth County, according to law enforcement officials.

The sites were manned Saturday by members of local law enforcement agencies as part of the National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

“It’s a collective effort,” said Maj. Dan Nicodemus, deputy chief of the Leavenworth Police Department.

Members of the Leavenworth Police Department manned one of the local collection sites.

The event, which was coordinated through the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, gave people the opportunity to anonymously drop off prescription drugs they no longer need.

The DEA organizes two National Prescription Drug Take Back Day events each year. The program is designed to help prevent unused prescription drugs from falling into the hands of people who might misuse them.

Members of the Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office collected about 370 pounds of unwanted drugs Saturday. Their collection site was located at CVS Pharmacy in Leavenworth.

The drugs collected by deputies filled 12 large boxes, according to Leavenworth County Undersheriff Jim Sherley.

Sherley called the event “a very powerful initiative that strengthens our community as it removes drugs that might otherwise be misused or improperly disposed of.”

The Leavenworth Police Department collected about 42 pounds of prescription drugs at a collection site set up at Price Chopper in Leavenworth, according to Nicodemus.

Members of the Lansing Police Department collected about 90 pounds of prescription drugs, according to police Capt. Ben Ontiveros.

Their collection site was set up at Lansing City Hall.

The Basehor Police Department collected about 196 pounds of prescription drugs, which filled eight boxes, according to Diana Weaver.

Weaver is the director of the Basehor Community Library, which hosted the event in Basehor.

People who missed Saturday’s collection efforts can still drop off unwanted prescription drugs at the Justice Center, 601 S. Third St. in Leavenworth, or the Leavenworth County annex building, 725 Laming Road in Tonganoxie, during normal business hours. The Leavenworth County Sheriff’s Office maintains prescription drug receptacles at these locations throughout the year.

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