KSP to hold medication Take Back day Saturday

If old, unwanted medications are cluttering up your medicine cabinet, Kentucky State Police will take them off your hands.

The KSP 'Take Back' initiative runs from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday.

Police say the event's goal is to make sure household medications are used for the right reasons.

They say too often, people become "unintentional dealers."

"With those type of drugs or medications in their home, they can fall into the wrong hands. People visiting their residence can get ahold of those, people breaking into their residence can get ahold of those," said trooper Don Trosper.

Health officials say out-of-date medications can do more harm than good.

If not disposed of properly, drugs can pose a threat to the environment as well.

"If you dispose of them improperly, the damage they can have on the environment, your water supply, getting into those sources that you really don't want them to be in," said Brent Carroll of the Laurel County Health Department.

In Laurel County, the take back will take place at the Laurel County Health Department. Elsewhere, medications can be dropped off at the nearest KSP post.

Officials say all forms pill and liquid medications will be accepted, no questions asked.

"We'll take back any medications of a legal substance, whether it's over the counter or prescription. We will not accept any illegal illicit drugs," said Trosper.

Officials say they hope people take the opportunity to dispose of their unwanted medications properly.

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