"Oh I think it's a wonderful service to the community. This alternative gives us all a way to take care of that without further endangering our people," says Jo Stratton. She says today's Medication Disposal Day is important to safety here in Franklin County because it helps keep drugs out of the wrong hands.
"I've lived long enough to know that those things could easily happen. Plus, not just kids, but other people who are looking for something that they shouldn't be taking," she says.
Frankfort Police and the Franklin County Health Department partnered with the Drug Enforcement Administration to host today's event which allowed people to get rid of unwanted or expired medications in an environmentally safe manner instead of doing things like dumping pills down the drain.
"That's not environmentally recommended. It gets into the water system and the water table so we dispose of it in a manner recommended by the environmental protection agency and the state division of waste management," says Major Fred Deaton of the Frankfort Police.
Deaton says it's important to get potentially dangerous drugs out of the house because it helps to keep crime down.
"Drugs spawns to other crimes, such as burglary, theft, and so forth, so if these medications are disposed of then those possibilities are mitigated at that point," he says.