Bring in your old prescription pills


National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event Sept. 26

By Chris Cooper - ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com



The South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force, in conjunction with the Logan County Sheriff’s Department and the Russellville Police Department, will be hosting a National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event on Sept. 26th from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the sheriff’s department on Owen Street and the Russellville Police Department on the Square.

You can turn in your unused or expired medication for safe disposal this day.

The event aims to provide a safe, convenient, and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg recently announced that the 10th National Prescription Drug Take-Back will take place Sept. 26 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. local time in every state but Pennsylvania and Delaware, where the event will take place on Sept. 12. As with the previous nine Take-Back events, sites will be set up throughout communities nationwide so local residents can return their unwanted, unneeded, or expired prescription drugs for safe disposal.

Collection sites in every local community can be found by going to www.dea.gov. The Russellville Police Department and the Logan County Sheriff’s Department have drop off sites throughout the year at their stations.

The National Prescription Drug Take-Back addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.

“Prescription drug abuse is a huge problem and this is a great opportunity for folks around the country to help reduce the threat,” Rosenberg said. “Please clean out your medicine cabinet and make your home safe from drug theft and abuse.”

In the previous nine Take-Back events nationwide from 2010-2014, 4,823,251 pounds, or 2,411 tons of drugs were collected.

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National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day event Sept. 26

By Chris Cooper

ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com

To contact Chris Cooper, email ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

To contact Chris Cooper, email ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com or call 270-726-8394.

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