The Northland Coalition, with the support of Tri-County Mental Health Services, has partnered with the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration), law enforcement agencies and other communities across the country to encourage the responsible disposal of prescriptions.

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Oct. 27 is specially designated to focus on reminding anyone who uses prescription drugs to keep them carefully stored and to safely dispose of any that are no longer needed. Currently there are 12 permanent drop box sites located in law enforcement agencies operating throughout the year in Clay, Platte and Ray counties. The service is free and anonymous.

According to the DEA, studies show that the majority of misused prescription drugs leading to high rates of accidental poisonings and overdoses are obtained from the medicine cabinets of family and friends.

The most commonly misused prescription medications include opioids and pain relievers such as:
• hydrocodone (Vicodin) and oxycodone (OxyContin)
• barbiturates and benzodiazepines including diazepam (Valium) and alprazolam (Xanax)
• stimulants including dextroamphetamine (Dexedrine or Adderall)
• methylphenidate (Ritalin or Concerta)

Prevention Services Manager Vicky Ward, Tri-County Mental Health Services, the administrative support for the Northland Coalition, emphasizes the importance of the issue.

“Properly storing and monitoring prescription drugs and then disposing of those unused and no longer needed is critical in addressing misuse.”

She added that improper disposal of them, such as flushing them, can negatively impact the water supply and community at large.

The permanent Northland drop box sites and their hours of operation include:

Excelsior Springs Police Dept. Lobby
301 South Main, Excelsior Springs, Mo 64024
(816) 630-2000
Drop Off hours: Open 24 hours daily

Gladstone Police Dept.
7010 N. Holmes, Gladstone, Mo. 64118
(816) 436-3550
Drop Off hours: Open 24 hours daily

Kearney Police Dept.
725 W. 92 Highway, Kearney, Mo. 64060
(816) 628-3925
Drop Off hours: M-F 8 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.

KCMO Police North Patrol Lobby
11000 NW Prairie View Road, Kansas City, MO 64153
(816) 437-6200
Drop Off Hours: Open 24 hours daily

KCMO Police Shoal Creek Patrol Lobby
6801 NE Pleasant Valley Rd., Kansas City, Mo. 64119
(816) 413-3400
Drop Off Hours: Open 24 hours daily

Lawson Police Dept.
103 W. 3rd St., Lawson, Mo. 64062
(816) 580-7210
Drop Off Hours: M-F 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Advised to call before coming.)

Liberty Police Dept. Lobby
101 E. Kansas St., Liberty, Mo. 64068
(816) 439-4716
Drop Off Hours: Open 24 hours daily

North Kansas City Police Dept. Lobby
2020 Howell Street, North Kansas City, Mo. 64116
(816) 274-6013
Drop Off Hours: Open 24 hours daily

Platte County Sheriff’s Office Lobby
415 Third Street, Platte City, Mo. 64079
(816) 858-2424
Drop Off Hours: M-F 8 a.m. -5 p.m.

Richmond Police Dept.
205 Summit St., Richmond, Mo. 64085
(816) 776-3575
Drop Off Hours: M-F 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Riverside Police Dept. Lobby
2990 NW Vivion Road, Riverside, Mo. 64150
(816) 741-1191
Drop Off Hours: 24 hours daily

Smithville Police Dept. Lobby
107 West Main Street, Smithville, Mo. 64089
(816) 532-0500
Drop Off Hours: M-F 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

If any of the listed drop sites are not convenient, those interested can visit, type in their zip code and find the drop location nearest to them.

The following items will not be accepted:
• Illicit drugs (e.g. cocaine, marijuana, etc.) KCPD asks that anyone finding illicit drugs call 911 and ask for an officer to respond to the location.
• Not accepted: sharp objects, including needles, radioactive medicines, bio-hazardous materials or glass thermometers or other medical devices.

For those unable to use the Prescription Drug Take Back boxes in their area, the following method of disposal is recommended:
Remove and shred labels from the bottles. Crush pills and mix them with coffee grounds or kitty litter. Place the mixture in a sealed container and dispose of it with trash.

For further information about the Take Back program or prescription drug abuse, contact the Northland Coalition by visiting or calling 816-877-0401.