“Drug Take- Back Day“ was September 27th and OVER 1,600 pounds of pills already taken to UNITE drop boxes!
Residents across southern and eastern Kentucky brought 1,656.3 pounds of pills to drop box sites as part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s ninth National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day.
“Operation UNITE collected unwanted or outdated drugs from each of the 42 drop box locations in our service region,” said Dan Smoot, president of the anti-drug organization. “Combined with the take-back day held in the spring, we have been able to properly dispose of nearly 2 tons of drugs.”
Proper disposal of medications is important to discourage theft or experimentation. More than two-thirds of people abusing prescription pain relievers get them through friends or relatives homes, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration.
Increasing availability of drugs has also sparked a rise in the number of overdose deaths, according to the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Kentucky currently has the third highest rate of overdose deaths in the nation.
“This is only a fraction of the drugs that need to be taken out of the home,” Smoot continued. “Our drop-off locations are available year-round, so we encourage citizens to bring their prescription and over-the-counter medications in to reduce the potential for their abuse and misuse.”
Another reason for properly disposing of medications is to keep them from making their way into the water system and soil.
Citizens taking medications to a drop box are asked to remove all identifying labels from the container. Liquid products, illicit substances, and anything with a needle are not accepted.
For a listing of Drop Box locations maintained by Operation UNITE through local law enforcement agencies, visit http://www.operationunite.org.
1ST CHOICE: DRUG TAKE-BACK EVENTS.
To dispose of prescription and over-the-counter drugs, call your city or
county government’s household trash and recycling service and ask if a
drug take-back program is available in your community. Some counties
hold household hazardous waste collection days, where prescription
and over-the-counter drugs are accepted at a central location for proper
2ND CHOICE: HOUSEHOLD DISPOSAL STEPS*
1. Take your prescription drugs out of their original containers.
2. Mix drugs with an undesirable substance, such as cat litter or used coffee grounds.
3. Put the mixture into a disposable container with a lid, such as an empty margarine
tub, or into a sealable bag.
4. Conceal or remove any personal information, including Rx number, on the empty
containers by covering it with permanent marker or duct tape, or by scratching it off.
5. The sealed container with the drug mixture, and the empty drug containers, can now
be placed in the trash.
How Proper Disposal of Medicines Protects You and
For more information, go to www.epa.gov/ppcp/
Or call the Safe Drinking Water Hotline at 800-426-4791
How Improper Disposal of Medicines May End Up
in Our Drinking Water Sources
Prevents poisoning of children and pets
Deters misuse by teenagers and adults
Avoids health problems from accidentally taking the wrong medicine, too much of the
same medicine, or a medicine that is too old to work well
Keeps medicines from entering streams and rivers when poured down the drain or
flushed down the toilet.
“Drug Take-Back Day” Collects Over 1,600 Lbs. Of Unused Pills Taken To UNITE Drop Boxes!