FRANKFORT, Ky -
The Kentucky State Police, in partnership with the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency, collected 1,200 pounds of prescription medications in the 8th annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day event held on Saturday, April 26th.
Many people took advantage of the outreach and prevention program by emptying their medicine cabinets and turning them in to KSP posts across the state of Kentucky.
Studies show that the majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. Medicines that sit unused in medicine cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse.
"If prescription drugs are left in the house, there is an opportunity for abuse of these medications," said KSP spokesperson Sgt. Michael Webb. "This program gives citizens a safe method to dispose of unused or unwanted drugs without worrying they will fall into the wrong hands.
For more information about the 'Take Back' program or how you can safely dispose of your prescription drugs, click here. You can also contact the Kentucky State Police by calling (502) 782 - 1780.
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