UNITE Coalition members, along with law enforcement officials, will be at the following locations throughout eastern Kentucky from 10am-2pm:
• 330 North Mayo Trail, Paintsville (Johnson County)
• 2138 South Mayo Trail, Pikeville (Pike County)
• 28093 Thompson Plaza, South Williamson (Pike County)
• 102 North 12th Street, Middlesboro (Bell County)
• 2478 South U.S. Highway 421, Harlan (Harlan County)
• 429 University Drive, Prestonsburg (Floyd County)
All medication collected will be turned over to the DEA for disposal.
In the past two years, UNITE collected and destroyed more than a million pills through take-back days held across the region.
The event is designed to keep the drugs out of the hands of people that could potentially abuse them and keep them out of landfills and sewers that could potentially contaminate water sources.
The CDC says medications, primarily prescription drugs, were a part of nearly 60% of the 38,000 drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2010.
“A vast majority of teens trying prescription drugs for the first time get them from the family medicine cabinet or from a friend’s home,” said Dan Smoot, vice president of UNITE. “Having unused medications sitting around the home is an invitation to trouble.”
In 2011, more than 4,500 young people a day abused prescription drugs for the first time, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.