Sergeant Michael B. Webb
Kentucky State Police
Public Affairs Branch
Office (502) 782-1780
KSP Collects 309 Pounds of Prescription Drugs During Second National "Take Back" Initiative
Date of News Release: 05/02/2011
(Frankfort, Ky.) -- KSP reports that the second National "Take Back" Initiative netted the agency 309 pounds of prescription drugs from those who wished to discard unwanted medications. Each of the sixteen KSP Post locations collected drugs from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. this past Saturday.
The program, organized by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), is intended to give people a safe and convenient way to part with unneeded medications. All drugs collected will be turned over to the DEA for disposal.>
KSP Commissioner, Rodney Brewer was pleased with the citizen turn out at post locations across the state.
"The volume of prescription drugs that were dropped off during a four-hour period is an indication that the citizens of Kentucky want to do their part to limit drug abuse in the Commonwealth," said Brewer.
"Prescription drugs containing controlled substances are being misused and abused at alarming rates, leading to accidental poisoning, overdose and addiction, making them a public safety issue," added Brewer.
Brewer advised many people don't know how to dispose of prescription drugs properly and this program is a way for them to clean out their medicine cabinets.
"In many cases, prescription drugs remain in home medicine cabinets long after therapy has been completed, thus making these drugs easily accessible to others who would misuse or abuse them."
The KSP drop off locations accounted for sixteen of the 5,300 sites across the country that participated in the program.
The Fall 2010 'Take Back' Initiative netted 121 tons of returned narcotics nationally. KSP collected 389 pounds of prescription drug during that initiative.
Citizens who wish to report tips or suspicious drug activity can call KSP's confidential toll-free hotline at 1-800-367-3847.