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KSP To Partner With DEA For Tenth National "Take Back" Initiative

Date of News Release: 09/03/2015

Madisonville, KY - The Kentucky State Police will partner with the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) on Saturday, September 26, 2015 in a collaborative effort to remove potentially dangerous controlled substances from home medicine cabinets.

This is the tenth national DEA 'Take Back' initiative the agency has participated in. Since the program's inception in September 2010, the KSP has collected over 6,700 pounds of prescription drugs.

Collection activities will take place on Saturday, September 26, from 10:00 a.m. through 2:00 p.m. at the KSP Post 2, Madisonville, located on the Western Kentucky Parkway.

The KSP advise that the program is designed to be easy to use 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. If an original container is submitted, the individual should remove any identifying information from the prescription label.
  • All solid dosage pharmaceutical products 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.

KSP Post locations and contact numbers can be found on the agency website at www.kentuckystatepolice.org.