People urged to take part in National Drug Take Back Day

Medication Disposal

FRANKFORT, Ky. (AP) – Kentucky State Police officials are encouraging people to participate in National Drug Take Back Day as a way to potentially combat drug misuse.

The program allows people to remove potentially dangerous medicines from homes and dispose of them safely. Officials say 16 collection sites statewide will be available from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday.

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This will be the 18th National Drug Take Back Day. The campaign has resulted in millions of pounds of opioids and other medicines being gathered, reducing possible drug misuse.

For the first time, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency and partnering law enforcement agencies will accept vaping devices and cartridges at any drop off location during event.

Officials say many abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, often from home medicine cabinets.