Area law enforcement participating in National Prescription Take Back Day
By Staff report
Kentuckians can safely dispose of unused, unneeded or expired prescription medications Saturday at a number of locations, according to the U.S. Department of Justice.
The Justice Department says people in its Kentuckiana region can participate in National Prescription Take Back Day on Saturday, April 30, at nearly 50 locations.
During the one-day event, the Justice Department says federal and local law enforcement will partner to increase awareness of prescription drug abuse and provide a chance to reduce the availability of prescription pain medications in local homes, where it says they are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, abuse and theft.
The department also says the take back day means the medications will be safely disposed of. It says many Americans are unsure of how to properly dispose of their unused medications and often flush them down the toilet or throw them away. Doing that poses safety and environmental hazards.
Paducah police will host a take back site at Kentucky Oaks Mall. Paducah police say they will host the event from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and note that the DEA can't accept liquids or needles. They only take back pills and patches. There are other sites within the Local 6 area as well. To view the list of National Prescription Take Back Day Kentuckiana locations, click here.