Round up your unneeded and expired meds; Drug Take Back Day is coming up

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The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will be collecting expired and unused prescription and over-the-counter medications from the public outside the Douglas County Courthouse this Saturday.

The drive-thru dropoff site will be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 27 in the parking lot outside the Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Massachusetts St. The dropoff site is free, anonymous and open to the public.

Veterinary drugs are also accepted, according to a news release from DGSO, but the sheriff’s office cannot accept needles, sharps or inhalers.

The sheriff’s office offers drug take-back events so community members can safely and conveniently dispose of unused medications, which helps prevent medication misuse or opioid addiction, as well as eliminating improper environmental disposal into the water supply, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.

This year’s event marks the 26th National Prescription Drug Take Back Day event, which is held in partnership with the Drug Enforcement Administration. All items collected are delivered to the DEA to be safely destroyed.

“In the most recent National Drug Take Back Day in October 2023, 4,383 law enforcement agencies across the country participated and collected a total of 300 tons of unused or expired medication,” according to the release.

The Lawrence Police Department is assisting with the downtown drive-thru site. Find other sites by visiting

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