By Sarah Hogsed
Register News Writer
A nationwide initiative to dispose of prescription drugs in a safe manner will take place Saturday.
Three Madison County sites are available for residents to get rid of their unused, unneeded or expired prescription drugs as part of the eighth annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day:
• Richmond Police Department, 1721 Lexington Road, box is outside by the front door.
• Kentucky State Police Post 7, 699 Eastern Bypass, across from the EKU stadium, box is inside at the front door.
• Berea Police Department, 304 Chestnut St., box is outside by the department’s entrance at the rear of the building.
Drugs can be disposed of at these boxes any time, not just Saturday. These sites do not accept liquids or syringes.
Prescription painkillers are the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, according to a news release from State Attorney General Jack Conway’s office. One in three Kentuckians has a friend or family member who has experienced problems as a result of abusing prescription pain relievers, the 2012 Kentucky Health Issues Poll reported.
Additionally, a report by the nonprofit Trust for America’s Health lists Kentucky as having the third-highest rate of fatal overdoses in the country – the vast majority from prescription pills.
During the 2013 Take-Back Day in October, 647,211 pounds of expired and unwanted prescription medications were turned in at 5,683 collection sites across the United States, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Kentuckians turned in 9,171 pounds of prescription drugs at 77 collection locations across the state during last year’s event, Conway reported.