In conjunction with National Drug Take-Back Day, Lee's Summit CARES and the Lee's Summit Police Department have partnered to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means to dispose of unused prescription and over the counter medications. Persons can turn in unwanted and expired medications at one of the several drop off locations throughout Lee's Summit. Medications can be accepted in the original bottles, no need to remove labels. Needles and inhalers are NOT accepted. At each of these locations representatives from the Lee’s Summit Police Department will be on hand to accept the medications and answer questions.
Since 2010, more than 8,000 pounds of expired and unwanted medications were collected from citizens, achieving the goal of keeping these medications out of the hands of youth and out of landfills and water systems.
According to the 2010 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration’s National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), twice as many Americans regularly abused prescription drugs than the number of those who regularly used cocaine, hallucinogens, heroin, and inhalants combined. That same study revealed more than 70 percent of people abusing prescription pain relievers got them through friends or relatives, a statistic that includes raiding the family medicine cabinet.