Trooper Jonathan Biven
Public Affairs Officer
Kentucky State Police
Post 3, Bowling Green
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DEA Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative
Date of News Release: 10/25/2011
(Bowling Green, KY) –- The Kentucky State Police, Area Drug Task Forces & Local Law Enforcement participate in a Prescription Drug Take Back Initiative sponsored by the DEA.
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, October 29, 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.
Nationally, the two previous 'Take Back' initiatives have accounted for 309 tons of unused/unwanted prescription medications being collected.
KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer encouraged citizens to take advantage of this opportunity to rid their home of expired or unwanted prescription medications.
"Prescription Drug abuse is the Nation's fastest-growing drug problem and Kentucky has been identified as a hot spot for this type of activity," says Brewer. "Last year, 70 percent of controlled substances that were brought into the 'Take Back' program were identified as narcotic/pain killers."
"The unique aspect of this initiative is that it is free and anonymous. No requests for identification will be made to anyone bringing medications in to KSP Posts," adds Brewer.