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KSP Collects 800 Pounds of Prescription Drugs For National "Take Back" Initiative

Date of News Release: 11/01/2011

(FRANKFORT, KY) - KSP reports that the third National "Take Back" Initiative netted 804 pounds of prescription drugs from those who wished to discard unwanted medications. Each of the sixteen KSP Post locations collected the drugs from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. this past Saturday.

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 citizen turn out at post locations across the state. He said the event is an opportunity to clean out medicine cabinets and safely discard of prescription drugs.

"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," says Brewer.

KSP has participated in the two previous "Take Back" days collecting over 700 pounds of prescription medication. During the last two initiatives the DEA Office of Diversion Control in Detroit reports that Kentucky collected 7,778 pounds of prescription medications statewide from all collection sites.

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

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