Around 117 pounds of medications were received from area residents Saturday during a Prescription Drug Take Back conducted at the Southeast Kansas Recycling Center.

Around 117 pounds of medications were received from area residents Saturday during a Prescription Drug Take Back conducted at the Southeast Kansas Recycling Center.

“I bet we’d get at least 100 pounds, and I won,” said Chuck Delp, center director.

The day has been designated as National Prescription Drug Take Back Day by the Drug Enforcement Administration to provide a venue for persons who want to safely dispose of unwanted and unused prescription drugs.

Crawford County Undersheriff Dan Peak and Pittsburg Police Detective John Colyer were on hand to ensure the safety and security of the procedure.

“I think it’s great that Sheriff’s Office and the Pittsburg Police Department were cooperating to provide this needed service to the public,” Colyer said.

“The majority who came had large quantities; some had 20 to 30 bottles of medications,” Delp said. “We had people who collected stuff from all their relatives, and at least two facilities brought in medications. That was a big amount, too.”

“I’d say we got a mixture of prescription and over-the-counter medications,” Peak said.

Colyer believes that people felt more comfortable bringing in the medications because the procedure was designed to be anonymous.

“We don’t ask questions or look at the drugs,” he noted .

The medications were placed in special containers and taken away for disposal by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

“The DEA provided the containers, will do the disposal and it didn’t cost us anything,” Delp said. “We intend to conduct a Prescription Drug Take Back every six months, just as long as DEA underwrites it. Everybody I’ve told that to has given a sigh of relief. People get browbeat with what they can’t do to safety dispose of this stuff, and this  is something they can do.”

“No doubt we’ll be involved again,” Peak said. “The Sheriff’s Office is happy to volunteer our services for this.”