The Drug Enforcement Administration has teamed up with Kentucky State Police to keep prescription pills from getting into the wrong hands.
State police posts across the Commonwealth will have a drop off point on Apr. 28 for the public to safely get rid of prescription pills as part of the fourth annual initiative.
Kentucky State Police are joining many others Saturday for the D.E.A.’s national “Take Back” program.
“This is an opportunity for everyone to bring in their unused prescription medications and have them disposed of properly,” said Trooper Brandon Creekmore of the Kentucky State Police.
Police said some think it is okay to dispose of prescription medications at home but they advise that is not a good idea and there is a reason why they have events like this one to properly dispose of the drugs.
“It is not recommended to flush any of these prescribed medications down the toilet because it will allow them to get into our water supply,” said Creekmore.
“Also if you throw those away, it allows children to get within reach of the medications and take them and suffer the effects of the medications as well.”
Posts across the state will be participating from 10 until 2 on Saturday. Police said this is only for prescription drugs and anyone can drop them off.
“There will be no questions asked just bring your medications and they will be disposed of properly,” said Creekmore.
State Post 11 in London will be holding their take back program at the health department, but other posts will be holding theirs at their main offices.
Last October, Americans turned in nearly 190 tons of unwanted or expired medications.
For more information on Kentucky State Police, visit http://kentuckystatepolice.org/post.htm or to get more information on the Drug Enforcement Administration, visit http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/