The South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force (SCKDTF) participated in the “National RX Drug Take Back Day” 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.
In 2015 the SCKDTF took in 64.4 pounds of prescription drugs. This year, 2016, the task force collected over 30 pounds of outdated or unused prescription drugs in the the Logan and Simpson county area. The prescription drugs were turned over to the DEA for disposal.
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.”
This is not just something you can utilize once a year. If you have outdated prescription drugs, you can take them anytime to either the Logan County Sheriff’s Department or the Russellville Police Department.
In the previous nine Take Back events nationwide from 2010-2014, 4,823,251 pounds, or 2,411 tons of drugs were collected.
To contact Chris Cooper, email [email protected] or call 270-726-8394.