The South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force participated in the National Drug Take Back day on Saturday, Sept. 26th. The Task Force set up a booth at Logan and Simpson County Sheriffs Offices. The purpose for the event was to give the citizens a chance to properly discard all of their old or unused prescriptions.
The Task Force took in 64.4 pounds of prescription drugs. The drugs were to be turned into the Drug Enforcement Agency. The DEA are collecting the pills on a national level.
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,” said DEA Acting Administrator Chuck Rosenberg. “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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