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Prescription Drug Take Back

The Kentucky State Police, Area Drug Task Forces & Local Law Enforcement participate in a Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative sponsored by the DEA

Date of News Release: 09/17/2010

(Bowling Green, Ky.) --The Kentucky State Police in Bowling Green are partnering with local Drug Task Forces, and local law enforcement agencies in a Prescription Drug "Take-Back" initiative sponsored by the United States Drug Enforcement Administration. Over 3,400 sites nationwide have joined the effort, which seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft. Government, community, public health and law enforcement partners will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at these sites all across the nation on Saturday, September 25th from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM CDT. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

The location of these collection points are as follows;

Warren County

The Kentucky State Police will operate a site located at Lost River Elementary School 450 Modern Way Bowling Green, Kentucky 42101 (The drop off point will be in the rear "Bus Entrance" of the school, off Dishman Lane at the caution lights).

The Warren County Drug Task Force will operate a site located at the Bowling Green Police Department (front parking area of the police department), 911 Kentucky Street.

The Warren County Sheriff's Office will operate a site located at Safety City in front of Greenwood High School 5065 Scottsville Road.

Barren & Edmonson Counties

TheBarren-Edmonson Drug Task Force will operate two sites.

One site will be located at Wal-Greens Pharmacy at the corner of West Main St. and L. Roger Wells Blvd. in Glasgow.

In Edmonson County the Task Force will operate another site located at the CB Food Store, 584 S. Main Street, in Brownsville.

Logan County

The South Central Kentucky Drug Task Force will operate a site located at the Chamber of Commerce in Russellville, on the square.

This initiative 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 increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of 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.

"The National Prescription Drug Take-Back campaign will provide a safe way for Americans to dispose of their unwanted prescription drugs," said Michele M. Leonhart, Acting Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration. "This effort symbolizes DEA’s commitment to halting the disturbing rise in addiction caused by their misuse and abuse. Working together with our state and local partners, the medical community, anti-drug coalitions, and a concerned public, we will eliminate a major source of abused prescription drugs, and reduce the hazard they pose to our families and communities in a safe, legal, and environmentally sound way."

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