"Medication Disposal Day" Scheduled In Frankfort

Reported by: Tom Kenny
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Updated: 7/17/2013 7:54 pm
On Saturday, July 27, 2013, the Frankfort Police Department in cooperation with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration, and the Franklin County Health Department will host a “Medication Disposal Day”, a drug retrieval program.  

We are asking the community to bring expired, unneeded and unused prescriptions and over the counter medications to the below listed location.

Saturday, July 27, 2013 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

WHERE:    Franklin County Health Department

                  851 East-West Connector Road 

Uniformed officers from the Frankfort Police Department, DEA and Health Department personnel will be at the collection site overseeing the collection process. 

These officers will collect and dispose of the medications in a safe, legal and environmentally conscious manner.

According to the DEA;

In 2008, there were 6.2 million Americans aged 12 years and  older who abused prescription drugs for non-medical purposes within the past month-more than the number of people who are abusing cocaine, heroin, hallucinogens, and inhalants, combined.

In 2008, on average 5,965 persons per day abused prescription pain relievers for the first time.  The total number of individuals that initiated with any controlled substance pharmaceutical (pain relievers tranquilizers, stimulants and sedatives) for the first time exceeded the number of individuals that abused marijuana for the first time.

Every day, on average, 2,500 teens use prescription drugs to get high the first time.

1 in 7 teens admit to abusing prescription drugs to get high in the past year. Sixty percent of teens who abused prescription pain relievers did so before the age of 15.

Fifty-six percent of teens believe that prescription drugs are easier to get than illicit drugs.

2 in 5 teens believe that prescription drug are “much safer” than illegal drugs.  And 3 in 10 teens believe that prescription pain relievers are not addictive.

Sixty-three percent of teens believe that prescription drugs are easy to get from friends’ and family’s medicine cabinet.

According to the Center for Disease Control, prescription drugs, including opioids and antidepressants, are responsible for more overdose deaths than “street drugs” such as cocaine, heroin, and amphetamines.

This program’s mission is to assist in removing unwanted, unused or otherwise dangerous drugs from our community and thus reducing the potential for medication abuse and misuse.

In addition, each person who drops off medication to the site will be given window clings to display at their home to indicate that this residence has disposed of its prescription medication.

Note: No radioactive materials, chemotherapy medications, hazardous materials, needles or sharp instruments will be accepted.   

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