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KSP Collects 1,100 Pounds of RX Drugs during 'Take Back' Initiative

Date of News Release: 10/01/2014

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(FRANKFORT, Ky.) - KSP reports that the National 'Take Back' initiative netted the agency 1,100 pounds of prescription drugs from citizens who disposed of unwanted medications. Every KSP post collected prescription drugs from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 27.

The program, organized by the Drug Enforcement Administration, is intended to give people a safe and convenient way to part with unneeded medications.

KSP Commissioner Rodney Brewer was pleased with the turnout at post locations across the state.

"The continued support of citizens who choose to properly dispose of unwanted prescription pills speaks volumes to the effectiveness of this program," says Brewer. "By properly disposing of these unused prescription drugs from our medicine chests, we help to prevent theft, misuse and abuse. We also reduce the likelihood of tragedy and accidental poisoning of young children in our homes."

The KSP drop off locations accounted for 16 of the 4,000 sites across the country that participated in the program.

Citizens who wish to report tips or suspicious drug activity can call KSP's confidential toll-free hotline at 1-800-367-3847.