take back3WESTERN Ky. (4/26/13) – Governor Steve Beshear today announced that Kentucky will again take part in a national prescription drug take-back program to safely dispose of unused, unneeded or expired medications.
 
The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day will be held from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Saturday at locations throughout the state. The service is free and anonymous, and no questions will be asked of people dropping off medications.
 
“My administration has made reducing prescription drug abuse a priority, and while we’ve made significant advances, the effects of this addiction are simply too devastating to become complacent,” Gov. Beshear said. “Medications, once they are no longer needed for their prescribed purposes, should be disposed of properly to reduce their risk of being diverted and abused.”
 
The Take-Back Day addresses vital public safety and public health issues: medicines left in home cabinets are susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse, and studies show a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet.
 
In addition, the initiative creates a safe, environmentally conscientious way to dispose of medications once they are no longer needed, since flushing the drugs down the toilet or throwing them in the trash pose potential safety and health hazards.
 
In total, the five previous DEA Take-Back events have removed more than 2 million pounds, or 1,018 tons, of prescription medications from circulation.
 
To find a collection site near them, residents can visit: http://www.deadiversion.usdoj.gov/drug_disposal/takeback/index.html.
 
SurfKY News
Information provided by the office of Gov. Steve Beshear
Photo provided by SurfKY Graphics

e-max.it: your social media marketing partner

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Posted on 2/2/14
3/13 - 16
3/13 - 16

Most Read This Week

July 27, 2015 6135

Death of Central City Man in Dawson Springs Under…

by SurfKY News
July 27, 2015 3834

School System Announces Free Lunch/Breakfast at…

by SurfKY News
July 30, 2015 3654

Webster Man Leads Police on Chase through Parts…

by SurfKY News
July 31, 2015 3635

Miss Hopkins County Fair 2015 Chosen

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
July 28, 2015 2757

Hanson, Owensboro, Bowling Green Youths Win at…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News

Most Read This Month

July 17, 2015 16558

Muhlenberg Most Wanted - Top 10

by SurfKY News
July 23, 2015 15516

UPDATE: Family Confirms Body of Missing Teen…

by Shawn Freels, SurfKY News

Stories Trending Now

August 01, 2015 2417

24th Annual Miss Teen Hopkins County Fair Pageant…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
August 01, 2015 2280

Little Miss, Mister Hopkins County Fair Chosen

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
August 01, 2015 1751

'Diggers' Return to Find More Hatfield-McCoy…

by SurfKY News
August 01, 2015 1262

Knight Crowned 2015 Miss Pre-Teen Hopkins County…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
August 02, 2015 1124

Poole Wins Hopkins County Fair Talent Show

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
August 01, 2015 1100

One Injured in Vehicle Roll-Over Accident

by SurfKY News
August 02, 2015 976

Community Helps ‘Cram the Hummer’ for School…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
August 02, 2015 896

Tiniest Division of Hopkins County Fair Pageants…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
August 01, 2015 851

Happenings, Meetings Listed for Following Week

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News