More than six million Americans misuse controlled prescription drugs, according to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health. The study shows that a majority of abused prescriptions are obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. The National Drug Take-Back Day on October 27 addresses this crucial public safety and public health issue by helping prevent medication diversion, misuse and abuse.

The public can dispose of medications on Saturday, October 27, 2018 from 10 am – 2 pm at five Lee’s Summit locations. Unwanted prescription, over-the-counter and animal medications will be accepted. Needles and inhalers will not be accepted. The service is anonymous and free.

Sites include the Lee’s Summit Police Department, Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, both hospitals and Places Restaurant at John Knox Village. Saint Luke’s East and Lee’s Summit Medical Center will offer drive-through service so residents don’t have to leave their vehicle.

Since 2010, Lee’s Summit residents have properly disposed of more than 12,000 pounds of medication. The local event is sponsored by Lee’s Summit CARES, the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office, Lee’s Summit Police Department, and Lee’s Summit Water Department.

Law enforcement officers will be on hand to accept medication at these Lee’s Summit locations:
• Jackson County Sheriff’s Office: 4001 NE Lakewood Court
• Lee’s Summit Police Department: 10 NE Tudor Road
• Lee’s Summit Medical Center ER Entrance: 2100 SE Blue Parkway
• Saint Luke’s East Diagnostic Center: 100 NE Saint Luke’s Blvd.
• Places Restaurant at John Knox Village: 1001 NW Chipman Rd

If residents can’t participate on October 27, they can drop off medications year-round at permanent medication drop boxes in the lobbies of the Police and Sheriff’s offices and in the Emergency Rooms of both Lee’s Summit hospitals.