Fairway sponsoring ‘Prescription Drug Take Back Day’

It’s time to clear out the medicine cabinet. Fairway police will sponsor a ‘Prescription Drug Take Back Day’ Saturday at the Fairway Hen House just off Shawnee Mission Parkway near Belinder.

You can drop off any unwanted and unused prescription drugs inside the store next to the pharmacy. A uniformed Fairway officer will secure the collection box, which will be sealed and held at the police department until shipped to an EPA incinerator and destroyed.

There are no forms, no questions – just walk in and drop the containers in the box.

The drop-off runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Drugs can stay in the vials, plastic and glass are accepted, but no needles. Veterinary drugs also are accepted and there is no need to take the labels off the drugs since the box will be secured. Inhalers are not accepted since the contents will be incinerated.

The drop-off is part of a nationwide effort by the Drug Enforcement Administration to reduce the risk of prescription drug diversion and abuse.  The first area event gathered 12,000 pounds of medicine.

And for those needles, the DEA advises placing them in an empty plastic laundry detergent container, screw the cap back on, mark the bottle ‘Sharps’ with a pen, and dispose in the trash.

Questions about the drug take back can be directed to Fairway police.