BOWLING GREEN, KY (4/26/12) – The Bowling Green – Warren County Drug Task Force will participate with the United States Drug Enforcement Administration’s prescription drug “Take-Back” campaign, over 3,700 sites nationwide have joined the effort that seeks to prevent increased pill abuse and theft.
Government, community, public health and law enforcement partners will be collecting potentially dangerous expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs for destruction at these sites all across the nation on Saturday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 PM CDT. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked. The three collection points in Bowling Green:
Bowling Green Police Department, 911 Kentucky Street, operated by Drug Task Force and Bowling Green Police
Greenwood Park Church of Christ,1818 Campbell Lane, operated by the Warren County Sheriff’s Office
Kentucky State Police Post 3 at 3119 Nashville Road, in Bowling Green
This initiative addresses a vital public safety and public health issue. Many Americans are not aware that medicines that languish in home cabinets are highly susceptible to diversion, misuse, and abuse. Rates of prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are increasing at alarming rates, as are the number of accidental poisonings and overdoses due to these drugs. Studies show that a majority of abused prescription drugs are obtained from family and friends, including from the home medicine cabinet. In addition, many Americans do not know how to properly dispose of their unused medicine, often flushing them down the toilet or throwing them away – both potential safety and health hazards.
“The National Prescription Drug Take-Back campaign will provide a safe way for Americans to dispose of their unwanted prescription drugs,” said Michele M. Leonhart, Acting Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Administration. “This effort symbolizes DEA’s commitment to halting the disturbing rise in addiction caused by their misuse and abuse. Working together with our state and local partners, the medical community, anti-drug coalitions, and a concerned public, we will eliminate a major source of abused prescription drugs, and reduce the hazard they pose to our families and communities in a safe, legal, and environmentally sound way.”
Information provided by Tommy Loving
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