Reminder: Free med toss event this Saturday

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FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – State Police are partnering with the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) on October 22 to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from home medicine cabinets.

Agencies will be taking back unwanted prescription drugs from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. in every KSP Post area across the state.

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Lt. Michael Webb offers 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 located at the drop off location.
  • All solid dosage pharmaceutical products and liquids in consumer containers will be accepted.  Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in original containers.  The depositor should ensure that the cap is tightly sealed to prevent leakage.
  • Intravenous solutions, injectables 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.

Webb says that since the ‘Take Back’ program started in 2010, KSP has collected nearly 10,000 pounds of prescription medication.

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/

A list of collection sites is attached below.

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