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KSP To Partner With DEA For Eighth National "Take Back" Initiative

Got Drugs? Turn In Your Unused Or Expired Medication For Safe Disposal During The National 'Take Back' Initiative

Date of News Release: 04/15/2014

Madisonville, KY - The Kentucky State Police will partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Saturday, April 26, 2014 in a collaborative effort to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from home medicine cabinets. This is the eighth national DEA 'Take Back' initiative the agency has participated in. Since the program's inception in September 2010, the KSP has collected over 4,400 pounds of prescription drugs. Collection activities will take place on Saturday, April 26, from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. at the KSP Post 2 Madisonville, located on the Western Kentucky Parkway.

The KSP advise that the program is designed to be easy to use and offered the following 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 products in consumer containers may be accepted.
  • Liquid products, such as cough syrup, will not be accepted.
  • 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.

KSP Post locations and contact numbers can be found on the agency website at http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/post.html.