KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Local grocery stores are joining area police and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency for National Prescription Take-Back Day Saturday, April 27.
Between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, all local Hen House grocery stores and many metro-area Price Chopper stores will offer customers a safe way to dispose of leftover medications.
According to the DEA, medicines in the home are a leading cause of accidental poisoning. The DEA also says that more than half of teenagers caught abusing medications get them from a friend's or their own home's medicine cabinet.
"This one-day event in our stores is an ideal time to clean out your medicine cabinet, identify unused or expired medications, and bring them to one of our pharmacies where they can be safely disposed of … anonymously and at no cost," said Casie Broker, Price Chopper director of marketing. "We support this program … because it helps keep these drugs off the street, out of our local landfills and away from our water supply."
Participating Price Chopper locations are:
Bonner Springs, 501 S. Commercial Dr.
Gardner, 830 E. Main
Leavenworth, 2107 S. 4th St
Leawood, 13351 Mission Road
Olathe, 1665 W. 151st St.
Overland Park, 7000 W. 75th St., 7418 W. 119th St., 11700 W. 135th St. and 7201 W. 151st St.
Roeland Park, 4950 Roe Blvd.
Shawnee, 12010 W. 63rd St.
Spring Hill, 22350 S. Harrison St.
Belton, 109 N. Cedar St.
Gladstone, 6475 N. Prospect
Grandview, 12220 S. 71 Hwy
Harrisonville, 520 N. Commercial St.
Lee's Summit, 937 NE Woods Chapel Road, 251 SW Greenwich and 300 SW Blue Parkway
Platte City, 2600 Ensign Hill Dr.
Pleasant Hill, 2101 N. State Route 7
Raymore, 900 W. Foxwood Dr.
The following Hen House Markets will also be open for Drug Take-Back Day Saturday:
Fairway, 2724 W. 53rd St.
Kansas City, Mo., 6238 N. Chatham Road
Leawood, 11721 Roe Ave.
Lenexa, 15000 W. 87th Parkway
Merriam, 5800 Antioch Road
Olathe, 13600 S. Blackbob Road
Overland Park, 6900 W. 135th St. and 11930 College Blvd.
Prairie Village, 4050 West 83rd St. and 6950 Mission Lane
A variety of stand-alone pharmacies are taking part in drug take-back day, including:
* The DeGoler Pharmacies at 202 Oak St., Bonner Springs, Kan.; and 5701 State Ave., 21 N. 12th St. and 2040 Hutton Road, Kansas City, Kan.
* Walgreens at 2850 State Ave. and 7739 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan.
* Bond Pharmacy, 3017 Strong Ave., Kansas City, Kan.
* Stadium Pharmacy, 4811 S. Arrowhead Drive, Independence, Mo.
In addition, several police departments will host drug take-back stations from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The Overland Park Police Department will man drug take-back stations at three locations -- the police stations at 8500 Antioch Road and 12400 Foster St. and the Recycling Extravaganza at 11401 Lamar Ave.
The Shawnee Police Department will be standing by at 5850 Renner Road.
The Blue Springs Police will be at the Public Safety Building, 1100 SW Smith St.
The Olathe Police Department will be at Olathe City Hall, 100 E. Santa Fe.
The Independence Police will be in the parking lot north of City Hall, 111 E. Maple.
Last September, Americans turned in 244 tons of prescription drugs at over 5,200 sites operated by the DEA and its thousands of state and local law enforcement partners. In its five previous Take Back events, DEA and its partners took in more than 2 million pounds -- over a thousand tons -- of pills.