Trooper Jonathan Biven
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 3, Bowling Green
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DEA Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative Warren County
Date of News Release: 04/18/2011
(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, April 30, 2011h 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;
The Kentucky State Police will operate a site located across the street from the Kentucky State Police Post 3 at 3119 Nashville Road, between Lost River Power Sports and Soap my Ride Car Wash.
The Warren County Drug Task Force will operate a site located at the Greenwood Church of Christ, 1818 Campbell Lane
The Warren County Sheriff's Office will operate a site located at Safety City in front of Greenwood High School 5065 Scottsville Road.
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.
According to a DEA news release from October 2010, the American public turned in more than 242,000lbs of prescription drugs during the first-ever national prescription drug "Take-Back" campaign. This campaign occurred on September 25, 2010. During last year’s campaign the Kentucky State Police collected a total of 389lbs. of prescription drugs from those who wished to discard unwanted medications statewide. The Kentucky State Police Post 3 location collected 69lbs. of the 389lbs. collected by the Kentucky State Police.
Lieutenant Shannon West, Investigation Commander for Post 3 Bowling Green stated, "This initiative provides us an excellent opportunity to clean out our medicine cabinets at home and keep prescription drugs of abuse out of the hands of our children, and other family members who are struggling with prescription drug abuse. I encourage everyone who has such medications at home to participate."