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The first day of fall is Sept. 23. Do you plan to do any fall cleaning?

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‘Drug Take-Back Day’ returning

People looking for an opportunity to get rid of unused prescription drugs can drop them off in a container in the lobby of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office, 305 S. Main St., Ottawa. The sheriff’s office plans to join law enforcement agencies across the state in collecting unused leftover medications for safe disposal Saturday, Jeff Richards, Franklin County sheriff, said. Medications will be accepted at drop-off sites across the state from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday. To find a location, visit and click on the “Got Drugs?” icon, according to a news release from the Kansas Attorney General’s Office. Area residents who are unable to drop off their medications Saturday can do so any time year-round at the permanent medication collection container located in the lobby of the sheriff’s office, authorities said. The collection event Saturday is part of a nationwide effort to safely dispose of leftover medications to prevent accidental or intentional misuse, the news release said. Since the program began in 2010, the semi-annual event has collected more than 28 tons of unwanted medications in Kansas alone, the release said. “Unused medications are dangerous for kids, pets and the environment,” Derek Schmidt, Kansas attorney general, said in the news release. “Getting these leftover medicines out of the medicine cabinets keeps them from falling into the wrong hands and makes our communities safer.” The National Drug Take-Back Day is coordinated by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, which collects and safely destroys the medications, the release said.

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