The Kansas City Police Department and the Missouri Western Interdiction and Narcotics (MoWIN) Task Force are joining with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration to sponsor a drug take-back event Saturday, October 26, 2019.
Police will be at locations throughout the City from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to collect unused prescription and over-the-counter medicine. Drugs can be handed over to police, no questions asked. Neither the DEA nor police will track who disposes of the drugs or what types of drugs. All types of drugs will be accepted from individuals with the exception of needles, injectables, and aerosols/inhalers. Excess medication from businesses such as pharmacies, hospitals and physicians will not be accepted. The drugs will be incinerated.
Kansas City Missouri Police and the MoWIN Task Force facilitated a metro-wide collection in April 2019 of approximately one ton of drugs. Turning the drugs in prevents diversion, misuse and abuse. According to the DEA, studies show a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
Turning in unwanted and expired prescription and over-the-counter medications to police also is the safest and most environmentally friendly way to dispose of them.
The Kansas City, Mo., and adjacent city locations where people can drop off the drugs are:
• Children’s Mercy Hospital, 2401 Gillham Rd., KCMO • Children’s Mercy Hospital East Campus, 20300 E. Valley View Pkwy, Independence • Children’s Mercy Northland Clinic, 501 NW Barry Rd., KCMO • CVS, 4750 Lees Summit Rd. KCMO • Liberty Hospital, 2525 Glenn Hendren Dr., Liberty • Midtown KC Now, 3931 Main St., KCMO • North Patrol Division, 11000 NW Prairie View Rd., KCMO • Price Chopper & First Call, 8430 Wornall Rd., KCMO • Research Medical Center Brookside Campus, 6601 Rockhill Rd., KCMO • Shoal Creek Patrol Division, 6801 Pleasant Valley Rd. KCMO • South Patrol Division, 9701 Marion Park KCMO