Operation Medicine Cabinet accepts unused, expired medications – Salina Journal (subscription)




A slow stream of people came by the Salina Senior Center on Thursday for medication.

Not to take it, but to drop off expired or unwanted medications as part of Operation Medicine Cabinet, sponsored by the Saline County Sheriff’s Office.

“I brought some Tylenol and some aspirin and one or two decongestants,” said Marion Duer, who lives near Longford. “They were all from 2011 to 2013.”

Deputy Travis Henry said response to the program has been great since it began in 2009.

“We’ve had three of these boxes filled at one time before,” Henry said. “Some people fill their totes and bring them in or bring in medicines after a loved one passes away.”

He said the program offers people an opportunity to turn in expired or unwanted drugs for proper disposal instead of flushing them or placing them in the trash.

Proper disposal keeps water safe, keeps drugs out of the landfill and makes it so children or pets can’t access medications that are carelessly thrown away in the trash.

Proper disposal also prevents illegal use of the drugs or theft of identity from prescription labels.

Check your cabinets

Henry stressed the importance of checking medicine cabinets regularly for expired medicines.

“At my grandparents’, I’ve taken Tylenol from the ’80s,” he said, jokingly.

People can take their unused, unwanted and expired medicines to the sheriff’s office, 251 N. 10th, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

On weekends, residents can turn in their unwanted medicines at the Saline County Jail visitation window. The jail entrance is at Elm and 12th streets.

Henry said medication drop-offs are conducted about every two months at the Senior Center.

The sheriff’s office also accepts used or unwanted needles and properly disposes of them.



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