AG Beshear launches Opioid Disposal Program
FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ)- Attorney General Andy Beshear announced the launch of a new program that will allow Kentuckians to safely dispose of opioid medications without having to leave their home.
The initiative is called the Kentucky Opioid Disposal Program and what it will do is hand out what are called drug deactivation pouches that allow people to dispose of unused prescription opioids in a safe and environmentally friendly way.
In partnership with the nonprofit, A Stronger Kentucky Inc., the state will pass out Deterra, a drug deactivation pouch that allows people to dispose of opioid medication without leaving their home.
How it works is people simply put their unused medication in the pouch, fill it with warm water, wait 30 seconds, seal it, shake the pouch and then throw it away in a normal trash can.
During a press conference Tuesday morning, Attorney General Beshear called the program an innovative step in the fight against Kentucky’s opioid epidemic.
“If everyone could deactivate the opioids or other dangerous prescription drugs in their medicine cabinet we will have impacted the supply that leads to 80 percent of heroin users. We have an opportunity here to truly reduce the number of opioids that are out there and that will slow or reverse the rate of addiction,” said Attorney General Beshear.
The state says the program will begin as a pilot project that will provide 50,000 drug deactivation pouches to four counties, Floyd, Henderson… McCracken and Perry.