By Frank Lewis
October 27, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
The Greenup County Health Department, in cooperation with the Ashland Post of the Kentucky State Police, set up a Drug Take Back location at the Department’s parking lot on Saturday.
“This is National Prescription Drug Take Back Day,” Chris Crumm, director of the Greenup County Heath Department, said. “We host the event in partnership with the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration), and the State Police, where we have the State Police here to accept any prescription drugs that people might have stored at their house that they would like to get rid of safely and properly.”
Crumm said people can no longer just throw medicines away or flush them.
“They found that it does contaminate the water system,” Crumm said. “And so, when that gets circulated back to the water treatment plants it causes a lot of difficulty. The standards for water are much more strict than they used to be, and nowadays they have to make sure that they keep the proper levels. And they can throw those chemicals off.”
Crumm said Saturday’s Take Back Day was the first in Greenup County.
“It’s our effort to eliminate any expired or unused prescription or non-prescription medications that the general public has that may be in their medicine cabinet or just sitting around the house,” KSP Trooper and public affairs officer Michael Muriel said. “We are working with them to help everyone properly dispose of those medications. It allows us to collect them, dispose of them, so that people don’t have them sitting around the house, potentially getting in the wrong hands and it also could eliminate other crimes in the area.”
Muriel said many times burglaries take place because people break in to steal medications.
“This (Take Back Day) allows people that have those types of medications to dispose of them, and we are just here to provide a service to everyone,” Muriel said.
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