Drop off unused and expired prescriptions to prevent illegal activity and deadly accidents
Officials say to remove or black out any personal information on prescription bottles.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Don't be an unintentional drug dealer. That's the message from law enforcement officials in Kentucky and Indiana as they take back unused prescriptions on Saturday.
Lt. Chuck Mann with LMPD's Narcotic's Division says most people have access to a family or friend's medicine cabinet.
“They'll find out that someone has a prescription that they're not using so they know if they take it, it won't be immediately noticed,” Mann said.
And that's when the trouble starts.
“Studies indicate that 80 percent of people that use heroin or abuse an opioid got their start by abusing prescription medication,” Mann said.
So LMPD, along with other law enforcement agencies like KSP and ISP, are all teaming up for the DEA's National Drug Take Back Day on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.. They're asking people to bring in expired and unused prescriptions at certain drop off locations.
“It stops people from having access to it that are not entitled to have access to it,” Mann said.
Last year, LMPD collected 4,600 pounds of medication. Nationally, the DEA collected 456 tons of medication.
The take back is not only meant to prevent illegal activity but also prevent accidents.
“By far one of the most dangerous things children can get into around the house is medication,” said Maria Chapman, with the Poison Control Center.
Chapman says 50 percent of their calls dealing with young children are about them getting into medications.
“Nationwide from calls to all of our poison centers, every year we send almost 60,000 kids to the emergency room because of medications,” Chapman said.
“What you do today by giving us this medication could save a life in the future,” Mann said.
LMPD will have drop off locations at the CVS on 3130 Portland Avenue, the Kroger on 291 North Hubbards Lane, the Walgreens on 11930 Standiford Plaza Drive, the Walgreens on 12101 Dixie Highway and the Walgreens on 4025 Taylorsville Road.
KSP and ISP will have drop offs at most of their post locations.
To find the closest drop off to you, click here.
If you are unable to drop off your pills Saturday, the 6th floor of the Jefferson County Sheriff's office at 531 Court Place has a year round drop box. LMPD also says year round drop boxes are located at the Walgreens on 5201 South Third Street and on 12101 Shelbyville Road.
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