“Too often unused prescription drugs find their way into the wrong hands,” said Fort Thomas Police Officer, Sean Donelan. “That’s dangerous and often tragic. This event gives people the opportunity to turn in their prescription drugs safely and anonymously.”
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- Out-of-date medications can degrade and lose their effectiveness.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 accidently ingested by children, stolen, misused and abused.
According to the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, 6 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.
“Cleaning out old prescription drugs from medicine cabinets, kitchen drawers and beside tables can help reduce the diversion, misuse and abuse of these substances, including opioid painkillers,” said Donelan.
In 2018, citizens across the U.S. safely disposed of nearly 930 tons of unneeded medications during National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Since the inception of the program in 2003, Kentucky has collected 135,143 pounds of unwanted/unused prescription drugs.
●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.