A large quantity of unused prescription drugs were collected Saturday, Oct. 26 in both Logan and Simpson Counties as part of the national DEA initiative “Take Back Drugs Day” sponsored locally by the South Central Kentucky Drugs Task Force (SCKDTF).
The event, which placed collection boxes at the law enforcement agencies in both counties, allowed participants to come and dispose of their old prescription drugs between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on that Saturday.
According to Detective Giles Taylor of the SCKDTF, citizens were encouraged through local media to take advantage of the opportunity and safely dispose of their old out of date, or unwanted prescription medications.
“The program was a great success.” said Taylor, agent in charge of the event in Logan, and Simpson counties.
Detective Taylor collected the material at the close of the four hour event. It was then weighed, sorted, and ultimately destroyed. In all the material weighed an amazing 62.4 pounds.
“That’s 62 pounds of potentially deadly prescription pills, and bio-hazardous waste that may have otherwise ended up being sold on the streets, experimented with in our schools, or accidentally ingested by a child or family pet,” Taylor said, thanking those who participated.
“On behalf of the Drug Task Force I would like to thank all the citizens who came out on a chilly Saturday to participate, and I would like to remind everyone about the permanent medication collection boxes located at the Simpson County Sheriff’s Department, Franklin Police Department, Logan County Sheriff’s Department, Russellville Police Department, and the Elkton Police Department. These boxes are open to the public, and accessible year round. And as always, thank you for your continuing support,” said Taylor.
Assisting Agencies included the D.E.A- Logan County Sheriff”s Department, the Russellville Police Department, the Simpson County Sheriff’s Department, and the Franklin County Police Department.