Drug Task Force offers prescription drug disposal


By Chris Cooper - ccooper@newsdemocratleader.com



The South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force (SCKDTF) is going to participate in the “National RX Drug Take Back Day” to be held Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Logan County and Simpson County Sheriffs Departments. This is a day when citizens can drop off unused or out-dated prescription medication to be properly disposed of. The Drug Task Force is partnering with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and other law enforcement agencies.

The SCKDTF took in 64.4 pounds of prescription drugs in 2015. The drugs were to be turned into the Drug Enforcement Agency. The DEA are collecting the pills on a national level as well.

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.

The Kentucky State Police (KSP) is also partnering with the DEA on April 30. Collection activities will take place from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. in every KSP Post area across the state. In the Post 3 Bowling Green area you may bring them to the KSP Post at 3119 Nashville Road in Bowling Green.

Sgt. Michael Webb, spokesperson for KSP, advised that the program is designed to be easy for citizens and offered the following tips for those interested in participating:

Participants may dispose of medication in its original container or by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into the disposal box located at the drop off location.

All solid dosage pharmaceutical products in consumer containers will be accepted.

Intravenous solutions, injectibles and syringes will not be accepted due to potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens.

Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative and should not be placed in collection containers.

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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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