Eight tons of unused medication collected at National Drug Take-Back Day collects

Kansans safely disposed of more than eight tons of unused or unwanted medicines during a special collection event.

The Drug Enforcement Administration says Kansas officers collected about 17,000 pounds of medicines at 112 locations across the state.

The event was the largest single collection day in Kansas since the program began in 2010.

Kansas Attorney General, Derek Schmidt says Kansans have safely destroyed about 150,000 pounds of medications in 15 collection days since 2010.

Law enforcement officials say the safe disposal of medications is a way to combat the opioid crisis.

Unused prescriptions can be turned any time of the year at many local law enforcement locations and some other locations.