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KSP Encourages Citizens to Turn in Unused RX Drugs During National 'Take Back' Program

Date of News Release: 09/15/2015

(Columbia, KY) – KSP will partner with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) on September 26, 2015 in a collaborative effort to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from home medicine cabinets. Collection activities will take place from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. in every KSP Post area across the state. Post 15, will be collecting at 1118 Jamestown Street, Columbia, KY 42728.

Sgt. Michael Webb, spokesperson for KSP, advised that the program is designed to be easy for citizens 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. If an original container is submitted, the individual should remove any identifying information from the prescription label.
  • All solid dosage pharmaceutical products 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.

For more information about the 'Take Back' program, contact KSP at 502-782-1780 or visit the DEA website at http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/