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Friday, April 23, 2021

On National Prescription Drug Take Back Day, Kentuckians Can Take Action to Save Lives

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The Fort Thomas Police and The Kentucky Office of Drug Control Policy (ODCP) are reminding Kentuckians to participate in the DEA’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day scheduled nationwide tomorrow from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm ET.

Detective Nick Hoffman and Officer Sean Donelan will be on hand to collect the unwanted medications in front of the City Building, located at 130 N. Fort Thomas Avenue.

The Fort Thomas Lions Club will also be accepting old glasses, which they will collect, clean and redistribute at their cost to families in need across the region.

The Fort Thomas Lions Club, established in 1940, is a group dedicated to serving the community in many aspects, with an emphasis on work for the blind and visually impaired. The membership boasts more than 125 men from Fort Thomas.

“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 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.”

Governor Andy Beshear also released a video statement encouraging the commonwealth to participate in this national event.

“In 2019, we lost 1,316 Kentucky residents to overdose deaths, with a significant number of those overdose deaths caused by opioids,” said Gov. Beshear. “Every step we make to prevent a loved one from misusing or abusing prescription drugs is worth the fight. National Prescription Drug Take Back Drug is one of those easy steps we can make to protect all Kentuckians.”

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day aims to provide a safe, convenient and responsible means of disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications.

According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, a majority of abused prescription drugs were obtained from family and friends, often from the home medicine cabinet.

“Every year Kentucky participates in National Prescription Drug Take Back Day at locations across the commonwealth, such as the local health department, convenience stores and law enforcement agencies,” said ODCP Executive Director Van Ingram. “With it being spring time, now is a great time to clean out our medicine cabinets, and this nationwide day is a good reminder for all of us to safely dispose of any expired, unused or unwanted prescription drugs.”

In years past, Kentucky has collected more than 160,000 pounds of prescription medications during this event.

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