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Kansans safely dispose of more than 6 tons of medicines

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Melissa Porter | 09 November, 2017, 01:36

The Kansas Attorney General's Office says over 6 tons of unused or expired medications were collected during the Drug Take-Back initiative held on October 28.

More than 35,000 pounds of unwanted and unnecessary prescription pills were collected last month in OH during a federal initiative to decrease opioid addiction.

The Drug Enforcement Administration's New England Field Division and its partners, over the course of four hours, collected 96,130 pounds, or 48 tons, of drugs at 578 collection sites throughout New England. I have no doubt that will save lives.

Since the fall of 2010, the DEA says it's collected 9,015,668 pounds - or 4,508 tons - of potentially unsafe drugs.

The Drug Enforcement Agency announced a strategy to help cities dealing with heroin and prescription drug abuse Wednesday.

The DEA conducts the Take Back event every two years, aimed at reducing instances of substance abuse and addiction by getting people to clean out their medicine cabinets.

Take-Back Day was launched eight years ago, when the Environmental Protection Agency and the Food and Drug Administration released warnings that flushing drugs down the toilet or throwing them in the trash could pose safety and health issues.

"We are pleased to see that New Englanders are motivated and continue to make their homes safer for our youth", said Special Agent in Charge Michael J. Ferguson.