Pill Disposal Units deployed in three more counties

HINDMAN, Ky. (WYMT) - People in three eastern Kentucky counties now have a way to dispose of prescription medication before it falls into the wrong hands.

This pill disposal unit is something officials in Knott County say is long overdue. Lola Patterson is the director of the Knott County drug abuse council

“It's a service that's been needed for a very long time because a lot of times people have unused or unwanted prescription medications at home and they need a safe place to bring those,” Patterson said.

Units like these allow people to dispose of their meds with no questions asked.

Knott County's sheriff says the installation of the pill disposal unit here at his office is a small but significant step toward alleviating some of the county's prescription drug abuse problems.

“Everyone knows we have a terrible time with prescription medications. Not just in our county but all over Eastern Kentucky, so I thought anything we might could do to help take some of these pills out of the equation and make it a little harder for people to get a hold of, then we would be more than willing to help,” Sheriff Dale Richardson said.

The Hazard Police Department in Perry County also has a pill disposal unit now.

“Anytime someone has additional drugs that they do not have a need for, perhaps a person has passed away or they are no longer taking their medication. They need a way to dispose of that medication,” Helen Brunty said.

Breathitt County also got a pill disposal unit.

Operation UNITE's goal is to have a unit in all 32 counties of the fifth congressional district by the end of March.

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