Drugs/Alcohol
5:16 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

Citizens Urged To Dispose Unused Prescription Medications

Credit Kentucky State Police

Law enforcement groups across the commonwealth are urging residents to do-away with their unused and expired prescription medications.

Kentucky now has nearly 150 permanent prescription drug disposal locations throughout the state, housed  at police and sheriff’s departments. The program is aimed at getting old prescription drugs out of medicine cabinets, where they can be stolen or discovered by children.

Bowling Green Police Officer Ronnie Ward says his department collects about 100 pounds of old prescription pills a month.

"We've been able to take out all of the plastic pill bottles that you would receive from a pharmacy, and we give those to the Humane Society because they use those whenever somebody adopts an animal. They put animal medications in those bottles after they clean them and take the labels off. So that's another good positive that comes from this program.” –Ronnie Ward

The disposal boxes can be used by anyone wanting to anonymously drop off unused medications.