According to the 2016 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.2 million Americans misused controlled prescription drugs. The majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet. In an effort to help prevent accidental poisoning, misuse, drug addiction, and/or overdose, the Prairie Village Police Department partners with the Drug Enforcement Agency to dispose of prescription medication. The red drop box located in the Prairie Village Police Department lobby is free and accessible to any Johnson County resident, 24 hours per day.
Dispose of your unused, unwanted, or expired PRESCRIPTION medication, at your convenience. Prescriptions for person, or pet, are accepted and may be liquid, gel, cream, capsule, tablet, or powder. Prescriptions only. Items not accepted include, but are not limited to, vitamins, aspirin, laxatives, supplements, throat lozenges, over-the-counter products, thermometers, bandages, and lotions. Needles, syringes, pre-loaded auto-injectors, inhalers, compressed cylinders, or aerosol products are not allowed in the red drop box. Two small, wall-mounted receptacles are available in the lobby for syringes, needles, and other medical sharps.
Plastic containers discarded with prescriptions are not recycled and removing/defacing the prescription label is not necessary. You may combine the prescription medications into one quart-size bag or smaller, for the red drop box, and recycle the plastic containers yourself.
Doctors, veterinarians, pharmacies, and hospitals are not allowed to dispose of medications in this manner; contact your local DEA office if you belong to one of those groups and have questions.