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Monday, October 22, 2018

Fort Thomas Offers Drive-Thru "Take Back Prescription Drug" Service

Event Scheduled For Saturday, October 27 2018

The Fort Thomas Police Department is encouraging citizens to remove potentially dangerous medicines from their homes and dispose of them safely on Saturday, October 27 28 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Officer Sean Donelan and Det. Mike Rowland will be out front  of the city building in a dedicated drive through lane to make it convenient for residents to drop off medications.

“National Prescription Drug Take Back Day addresses a crucial public safety and health issue by providing a convenient way for citizens to help prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths,” said Fort Thomas Police Officer, Sean Donelan.

“Too often, unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands,” he said. “That’s dangerous and often tragic. This event gives people the opportunity to turn in their prescription drugs safely and anonymously.”

Located at 18 N. Fort Thomas Ave. 
Leftover or expired drugs can be harmful in a variety of ways. Out-of-date medications can degrade and lose their effectiveness. They can pose environmental pollution to water supplies if disposed of improperly. They can be accidentally ingested by children, stolen, misused and abused.

According to the 2015 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6.4 million Americans abused controlled prescription drugs. The study shows that a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

Last year, citizens across the U.S. safely disposed of 456 tons of unneeded medications during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day.

Donelan said that the program is designed to be easy for citizens 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 located at the drop off location.

●All solid dosage pharmaceutical products and liquids in consumer containers will be accepted.  Liquid products, such as cough syrup, should remain sealed in original containers.  The depositor should ensure that the cap is tightly sealed to prevent leakage.

●Intravenous solutions, injectables 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.

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