Kentucky Drug Recovery Day; Prescription Disposal Sites Near You

During Drug Recovery Day last October, Cameron said Kentuckians turned in more than 13,000 pounds of prescription drugs.

FRANKFORT, Ky. — Kentucky Attorney General Daniel Cameron and Jeffersontown Police Chief Rick Sanders are teaming up to get unused or expired prescription drugs off the streets.

The two are promoting this year’s Medication Take Back Day, which will take place on Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The national initiative was created by the Drug Enforcement Agency to prevent drug addiction and abuse by “providing a safe and easy way to dispose of unused prescription drugs at approved collection sites”.

This year, Kentuckians can drop off unused and expired medications at more than 60 temporary medication disposal locations.

“Every step we take, every person we help recover from addiction, and every drug we take off our streets brings the Commonwealth one step closer to recovery,” Cameron said.

An estimated 9.3 million Americans misuse prescription pain relievers, and more than 47% of them got those prescriptions from a friend or relative, according to a recent National Survey of Drug Use and health.

During Drug Recovery Day last October, Cameron said Kentuckians turned in more than 13,000 pounds of prescription drugs.

On Friday, Cameron donated 600 drug deactivation packets to Jeffersontown police. The packets make it safe to dispose of prescription drugs at home.

“In the wrong hands, unused and expired medications can lead to abuse and misuse,” Cameron said. “Please do your part by cleaning out your medicine cabinet and visiting a medicine drop-off location on Saturday.”

Click here to find a Take Back Day collection site near you. Permanent drug disposal locations are also available in Kentucky throughout the year.

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