1:04pm

Fri April 20, 2012
The Commonwealth

KSP Collects Unused Prescription Drugs

Kentucky State Police will partner with the Drug Enforcement Agency on Saturday, April 28 in a collaborative effort to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from home medicine cabinets. This is the fourth national DEA "Take Back" initiative the agency has participated in. KSP collected over 1,000 pounds of prescription drugs during previous programs, according to a state police press release. Collection activities will take place from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. at KSP posts across the state.

KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer said he hoped citizens will take advantage of the opportunity to rid their homes of expired or unwanted prescription medications.

“Prescription drug abuse is the nation’s fastest-growing drug problem and Kentucky has been identified as a hot spot for this type of activity,” Brewer said.

“The unique aspect of this initiative is that it is free and anonymous. No requests for identification will be made to anyone bringing medications in to KSP Posts,” Brewer said.

Lt. David Jude, KSP spokesperson, advised that the program is designed to be easy for citizens and offered 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.

· All solid dosage pharmaceutical product and liquids in consumer containers may be accepted. Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in their original container. The depositor should ensure that the cap is tightly sealed to prevent leakage.

· Intra-venous solutions, injectibles, 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.

“This effort symbolizes KSP’s commitment to halting the disturbing rise in addiction caused by the misuse and abuse of unwanted prescription drugs and serves as another means of keeping drugs out of the hands of our young people,” Jude said.

To determine your newest KSP post location, go to www.kentuckystatepolice.org or call 502-782-1780.