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KSP and DEA Partner for the National Take Back Initiative

Date of News Release: 04/14/2011

(Frankfort, Ky.) -- KSP will partner with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) on April 30th in a collaborative effort to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from home medicine cabinets. The event is titled National Take Back Initiative. Collection activities will take place from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. at Kentucky State Police, Post 1, located on US Highway 45 between Paducah and Mayfield.

Citizens are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity to rid their home of expired or unwanted prescription medications. The initiative is free and anonymous. No requests for identification will be made to anyone bringing medications into the designated disposal location.

The National Take Back Initiative is designed to be easy for citizens. Listed below are several tips for those interested in participating:

  • Participants may dispose of medication in its original container or by removing the medication from its container and disposing of it directly into the disposal box.
  • All solid dosage pharmaceutical product and liquids in consumer containers may be accepted. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in their original container. The depositor should ensure that the cap is tightly sealed to prevent leakage.
  • Intra-venous solutions, injectibles, and syringes will not be accepted due to potential hazard posed by blood-borne pathogens.
  • Illicit substances such as marijuana or methamphetamine are not a part of this initiative and should not be placed in collection containers.

At the conclusion of the event, the Kentucky State Police will seal the drug disposal boxes in accordance with agency policy and procedure and store them until they are turned over to the DEA.

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