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December 29, 2012

Program designed to get drugs off the street

Somerset —  

A concerted effort on the part of county agencies has led to several drop-box locations where drugs — over-the-counter and prescription — can be thrown away without worry of them falling into the wrong hands. 
“This new program provides our residents with safe locations to dispose of their old medications,” said Brad Wilson, coordinator for the Pulaski County KY-ASAP (Agency for Substance Abuse Policy) Board. “It prevents these medications from getting into the hands of those who would abuse them, and it puts these medications in the hands of law enforcement so that they can be destroyed in a safe and proper manner.”
The “prescription drug take-back program” was created through the Pulaski County KY-ASAP Board by partnering with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, the Pulaski County 911 Center, and the South Kentucky RECC People Fund. 
The program has established permanent prescription drug drop-off locations at the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and the Pulaski County 911 Center — and most recently, at the Somerset Mall near the Somerset Police Department substation. That drop box was established thanks to coordination from the  Pulaski County KY-ASAP Board, SPD and the Pulaski County UNITE Coalition. 
People can drop off any unused, unwanted, or expired medications at each location 24 hours per day, 7 days per week (except after business hours at the mall drop-off point). 
Discarded medications should be in a pill bottle or in a sealed Ziploc-style bag, Wilson said. The Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department empties each container on a daily basis, and each drop box is monitored through video surveillance to ensure the safety of citizens when dropping off medications. 
Syringes and liquid drugs are not being accepted right now, although Wilson said they’re working on ways to make that a possibility. 
If you do need to dispose of liquid drugs, Wilson said the FDA recommends mixing kitty litter or coffee grounds with the liquid and placing it in the trash inside a sealed plastic bag.

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