Prescription Drug Take Back Day - April 28

Here is some information about Prescription Drug Take Back Day on April 28th. If you do not live in Fairway, please click here to find a drop off location close to you.

RX drug disposal

Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. any Fairway resident can dispose of accumulated, unwanted, unused prescription drugs by stopping by the Fairway Hen House located at 2724 West 53rd Street. The drop-off location will be inside the store directly next to the pharmacy. Simply walk in and drop your items into the box; no forms to fill out, no questions to answer, and no inconvenience. A uniformed Fairway Police Officer will be on hand to assure the security of all the disposed of items which will be sealed in the box and held at the Police Department until shipped to a EPA approved incinerator and destroyed. This effort, hosted by the Fairway Police Department and Hen House, is part of a nationwide drug disposal program started by the Drug Enforcement Administration in 2010. Since that time, with the assistance of thousands of local law enforcement agencies, households in communities across the U.S. have helped dramatically reduce the risk of prescription drug diversion and abuse.


Q:  Can I drop off the containers as well as the drugs?  Yes, you may.  No need to separate the drugs from the vials.  Plastic and glass are acceptable, just no needles.


Q: What if I have unused pre-loaded syringes, can I drop these off as well?  Yes, as long as the needle has been removed by the patient.


Q: What should I do with the needles from the syringes that cannot be accepted?  Believe it or not, the following advice comes from the waste disposal industry (courtesy of the DEA).  Advise the user to place the syringes in an empty plastic laundry detergent container.  Screw the cap back on the container, mark the bottle "SHARPS" with a pen and dispose in the trash.


Q: Will you accept veterinary drugs?  Yes.  Veterinary drugs are available by Rx and over-the-counter (OTC).  ALL Rx and OTC drugs are acceptable.  The species of the "consumer" does not matter.


Q: Do I have to remove the Rx label from the vials before I drop them off?  No.  HIPPA does not apply to you or this situation.  This is a voluntary project that is consumer driven.  You are under no obligation to remove anything from any label.  The consumer should remove or deface the label if they are concerned before placing the vial in the box.  All material in these containers will be incinerated. 


Q: What about inhalers?  We would prefer that you don't because the entire drop off box and its contents will be incinerated and we don't want any pressurized containers to "pop" or explode at the facility.


Thank you and please take advantage of this free and very useful program.

Questions?  Contact Chief Mike Fleming at the Fairway Police Department

phone: 913-262-2364



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